Medical doctors has drag a former Member Federal House of Representatives representing Lafia /Obi Federal Constituency, Hon.Haruna Joseph Kigbu to court over breach of thrust and violation of human right.
The aggrieved doctors are Akolo Namo and Polycarp Danjuma, dragged Dr. Joseph Kigbu and Four others before the Nasarawa state High court 3 Lafia.
The plaintiffs had approached the court with an application seeking the enforcement of their fundamental rights following their alleged illegal arrest and detention at the instance of Dr. Kigbu as the first respondent.
Also other respondents in the suits were Dotma/ZK Health Konsult Ltd, Musa Magaji, Mr. Ovye and the Commissioner of Police Bauchi state command.
While addressing the court, Affiz Adigun, counsel to the applicants said that his clients were engaged on March 2, 2018 by Dr Kigbu and his company to work on a World Bank project in Bauchi state for three years.
He however, said that having worked for some time, the applicants had to withdraw from the project, following the refusal of the Dr Kigbu to pay their salaries, allowances and other logistics.
According to the counsel, Kigbu’s company secured the over N2.5billion ($7million) World Bank contract using his clients certificates as required by the bank.
He added that instead of paying them for the period they served before withdrawing their services, Kigbu decided to accuse them of stealing furniture that were not even provided in the office.
Affiz said that the applicants were eventually arrested from Lafia, Nasarawa state on July 6, detained for Four days at the Bauchi state Police command and compelled to write an undertaken to pay the sum of N450, 000 to Dr. Joseph Kigbu.
They therefore seek the court to grant them N50 million damages for illegal arrest, unlawful detention and abuse of fundamental rights, declare null and void the undertaking to pay N450, 000 to Kigbu as well as restrain the Police from further illegal arrest and detention of the applicants.
In his ruling Justice Simon Aboki, who is a vacation judge, adjourned the matter to September 6, for hearing to enable all the respondents to be properly served.
As at press time, all the respondents were neither present nor represented in court.
Dr. Haruna Joseph Kigbu as at the time of filing this report did not respond to text messages and call.