Court Suspends Operation Positive Identification

On Tuesday, the Federal High Court in Lagos ordered the Nigerian Army to suspend the military’s Operation Positive Identification.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa made the order following a  request from human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN).

Falana had filed a suit seeking to stop the OPI,  which requires that all citizens must carry a means of identification to be able to move.

 The army had said the operation would run from November 1 to December 23, but in a suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1939/2019, Falana argued that such the operation was a violation of constitutional rights to liberty.

While Falana was in court on Tuesday for the case, the army and the COAS were not represented.

Falana told the court that all the defendants, including the Attorney General of the  Federation, had been served with the processes and that the proof of service was in the case file.

The Solicitor General of the Federation,  Mr Dayo Apata, through a state counsel, prayed for an adjournment to personally defend the case.

Falana did not oppose the application for an adjournment but prayed the court to order the parties to the suit to maintain the status quo.

Justice Aikawa granted the prayer and ruled, “In view of the agreement between counsel,  I hereby order the 1st and 2nd defendants to maintain the status quo pending the determination of this case.”

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