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Army sued for arresting wife of Soldier who lambasted Burantai

A solider identified as Lance Corporal Martins Idakpani and his wife, Mrs Victoria Idakpini, have sued the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff, and the AGF for breach of fundamental human rights.

Mrs. Idakpini was arrested last week barely days after her husband, Lance Corporal Idakpani, vehemently condemned the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai; and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, for their weak effort in the fight against terrorism in a video which went viral on the Internet.

In the suit filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Mr. Tope Akinyode, the applicants are asking the court to compel the respondents to release them immediately.

The couple alleged that they have been denied access to a lawyer and haven’t been told why they were arrested.

The lawyer said in a statement, “We have just filed an action at the Federal High Court against the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney of the Federation of Nigeria over the unlawful arrest and detention of Lance Corporal Martins and his wife, Mrs Victoria Idakpini”

“On June 23, 2020, the Nigerian Army arrested Lance Corporal Martins for being critical of the army chief of staff over the handling of security crises and lack of adequate amenities to battle terrorism”

“We are of the considered view that the continued detention of Lance Corporal Martins violates his fundamental human rights much as it violates the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act”.

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