NBA Maiduguri Legal Team in Court Seeking Justice for Wrongfully Detained Member

Lead counsel Zanna Hamza, Sadiq Kachallah [standing], and NBA Maiduguri branch chairman Muhammad Umaru getting set in the courtroom on Wednesday

The legal team of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Maiduguri appeared at the Borno State High Court No. 6 to prosecute the Fundamental Human Rights [Enforcement] case of Sadiq Mohammed Kachallah on Wednesday.

Mr. Kachallah was, about two weeks ago, arbitrarily detained by Divisional Police Officer of G.R.A. police station, Bulama Hussaini Lumbo.

Counsel spent about 18 hours in the cell over unjustifiable charges.

The NBA, Maiduguri branch composed a 22-counsel strong legal team headed by Mr. Z. Hamza which includes the current chairman Muhammed Umaru and his predecessor, B. K. Kaka.

A Damaturu based lawyer, A. Khalil who was the former Coordinator of Young Lawyers’ Forum of NBA Damaturu Branch, also appeared in court in solidarity.

According to reports, DPO Lumbo, has not received the summons, five times the bailiff had attempted to effect service, each time, he was told the respondent was unavailable.

He was later [partially] served the Notice through the office of the Borno State Commissioner of Police.

Respondent’s counsel, A. R. Abdulsalam contended that his client was not served with the court process as he was sued in his personal capacity and not as a Police Officer, stating that he was briefed through a phone call from the Police Headquarters.

The Presiding Judge, Honourable Justice B. A. Waziri adjourned the matter until 18 November 2019 for hearing.

Recall that subsequent to the infamous detention of Mr. Kachallah, the Maiduguri Bar held a protest march to the Nigerian Police Force, Borno State Command headquarters to register its displeasure. Concerned lawyers across the country viz, Adesina Ogunlana from Lagos State and Alkali Adamu Askira from FCT Abuja, and Baba Shehu Modu from Damaturu, Yobe State were in attendance.

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