A Lagos lawyer, Kabir Akingbolu, has sued the Ekiti governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, for blocking a federal highway, Igede-Iyin road, with the help of police on April 29, during a political rally .
In a suit filed before the Ekiti State High Court, Ado-Ekiti, under Order II Rule 3 of the Fundamental Right Enforcement Rules 2009, the applicant demanded N10m exemplary damages against the respondents jointly and severally.
The respondnets are Fayose, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanna.
Akingbolu stated that he was on his way from Lagos to Ado-Ekiti on the said day when the entire federal way-Igede-Iyin road-was blocked by the respondents in violation of the fundamental right to freedom of movement of the public.
In a separate suit filed at the Magistrate’s Court also in Ado-Ekiti, the applicant sought for an order binding Fayose to show cause why he should not be ordered to enter into a recognizance with sureties for his good behaviour and keeping the peace for the next one year upon his threat to public peace and disturbance by his habitual blocking of highways and public roads leading to schools and markets within the capital city.
In an affidavit filed in support of the application, Kafayat Oyelade, a lawyer in the Chambers of Akingbolu and Akingbolu averred that the policemen on duty on the said day got angry and threatened to shoot Akingbolu when he tried to correct them.
“That the policeman also told him that Mr. Fayose as the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party can do anything on the road because he has the backing of the powers that be,” she said.
The applicant asked the high court to declare that the blocking of the highway by the respondents or anyone at all for political campaign “is unlawful, illegal and unjustifiable.”