A Federal High Court in Abuja Monday awarded the sum of N5 million damages against the Directorate of State Security Service (SSS) over gross abuse of power against the Peace Corps of Nigeria.
In his ruling Monday, Justice Evon Chukwu further upheld the rights of the Nigerian citizens to freedom of association. He advised the two Agencies to henceforth conduct and operate within the ambit of the laws that established them.
The SSS had claimed in their security report forwarded to some state governors that the Peace Corps is an unregistered paramilitary outfit and a threat to security. But AbdulRasaq Ayedum counsel to the Peace Corps had in the suit argued that its states offices across the country have been closed down while its officials wearing uniforms were stripped naked in the public by the SSS.
The Corps had demanded for N250m damages from the SSS and police for the damages suffered in their hands.