A Lagos based lawyer and Campaigner for good governance, Malcolm Omirhobo has dragged the Nigerian Army before the Federal High Court, Abuja over the “Operation Python Dance”
The Applicants in the suit with suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/01/2019 are the Board of Trustees of Malcolm Omirhobo Foundation and Chief Malcolm Omirhobo.
Joined as respondents are, the Inspector General of Police, the Police Service Commission as well as several Nigerian Service Chiefs.
The Applicant is seeking the courts declaration that the commencement of the “Operation Python Dance” nationwide by the Nigerian Military to tackle internal security challenges such as kidnapping, election violence etc. during the conduct of the 2019 general election violates his fundamental rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of expression, private and family life, peaceful assembly, association and movement as well as that of other Nigerians.
The Applicants seeks the courts declaration that it is the constitutional duty of the Police Force to tackle internal security challenges in the country such as kidnapping, militancy, election violence etc. and not that of the Nigerian Army.
He seeks the Courts declaration that the use of the Military to perform the functions of the Police in the conduct of the 2019 elections is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and undemocratic.
He seeks an order that the Respondents clear off the military from the public spheres and stop forthwith, the use of “Operation Python Dance” in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
The Applicants also seeks an order compelling the police to take charge to take charge of the enforcement and maintenance of law before, during and after the elections.
The Applicants also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondents from using the Army to perform the duties of the police.
Due to the urgent nature of the matter, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, who appeared with Seprebofa Oyeghe on January 3, 2019 moved an application to heard before the vacation judge. The application was granted and the matter adjourned to January 16, 2019.