Seven Muslim leaders have written a petition to the Governor of Delta state, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, claiming that they were forcefully detained by his Executive Assistant on Religious Matters, Bishop Nmalagu Greatman, for over 30 minutes.
This is just as the Bishop had invited them to a meeting in his office.
The clerics – Alhaji Abubakar Mumakai-Unagha, Alhaji Wasiu Udi, Alhaji Jubril Jenje, Alhaji Mohammed Kiti, Alhaji Ibrahim Miphoro, Alhaji Yusuf Eregbene and Alhaji Muhammadu Okotie – are demanding a sum of N10m in compensation and an apology from the governor’s aide, in three national newspapers within 14 days or risk legal action.
According to the petitioners, “For over 30 minutes, we were locked up and despite pleas, we were kept in the office against our fundamental human rights to freedom of movement, association, liberty and dignity of life, under section 33, 34, 35, 40 and 41 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and Article XIII and XX of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, and we hereby demand N10 million from the governor’s aide or we will take legal action against him, 14 days from today (yesterday).”
They also claimed that, “When eventually the door was opened, some of us had collapsed and fainted due to suffocation and trauma which we passed through and those of us who fainted were subsequently rushed to a nearby clinic for medical attention.”
Neither the Governor, nor Bishop Greatman had responded to the allegation as efforts to reach them for comment proved abortive as at press time.