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Man sues lawmaker for N100m damages after detention over Facebook post

A man has asked a court to force a member of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly to pay him N100 million as compensation for his illegal detention.

Promise Etete, 19, said Hon Uduak Odudoh was the reason he was arrested and detained and later charged with threat to life and defamation of character.

The detention came after the teenager posted an article on Facebook against the lawmaker.

The 19-year-old is also seeking an apology from Hon Odudoh who is representing Ikot Abasi and Eastern Obolo State Constituency.

The teenager’s lawyer Inibehe Effiong, who forwarded court documents to Premium Times, filed a suit in a State High Court, Uyo, on 9 August.

He sought a “court declaration of Mr Etete’s arrest and detention as illegal and a breach of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement, as guaranteed by Section 35 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended),” the paper wrote.

“I’ll continue to do everything within my capacity to protect the civic space,” Effiong tweeted on Monday. “Impunity and human rights abuses will not be tolerated. Freedom of speech is a constitutional right. This is part of my Pro Bono work in defense of democracy.”

Hon Uduak Odudoh

Mr Etete, in the article, had reportedly said the lawmaker was acting as though he was representing a faction and not the whole of his constituency.

He also said that Ikot Abasi, with “scam leaders”, has continued to remain “underdeveloped”.

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