The N50 million suit at the Federal High Court, Owerri filed by Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, the Director-General, Imo PDP New Media, against the Department of State Security (DSS), for illegally and unlawfully arresting and detaining him, was adjourned to Monday, June 22, 2020.
The adjournment was granted after Counsel for the DSS, pleaded for a short time of five working days to go through the motions and prayers of the suit, which they stated they could not do, following the public holiday of Friday, June 12, 2020, and the weekend that followed it before the coming up of the matter on Monday, June 15, 2020.
The team of legal Counsel for Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, led by Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN argued that the DSS was served the notice of the suit over one week ago and saw no reason for the request for a short time. They also expressed disappointment and displeasure that the DSS failed to produce Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu in Court.
A large number of members and supporters of Imo PDP, with family and friends of Nwaogwugwu, thronged the Court. They were adorned black vests with the inscription of “Free Ambrose Nwaogwugwu” and the face of the detained Imo PDP officer.
After the adjournment of the matter, the Chairman, Imo PDP, Sir Martin Ejiogu, addressed the people at the Court premises, informing them about the reasons adjournment and urging them to remain calm and law-abiding. He assured them that very soon, Ambrose will be released on bail. The Imo PDP Chairman thanked them for expressing massive solidarity for the party and appealed to them to continue supporting Imo PDP and Ambrose Nwaogwugwu, by attending the next sitting of the Court on June 22.
Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu was arrested by the DSS at their offices in Owerri on May 28, 2020, and he has remained in detention since then.