A federal high court has granted a motion by one Bashir Junaid, a detainee over the murder, seeking to relist a suit against the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu and ten others.
Junaid had gone to the court to seek an order of mandamus to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IG) to re-open investigations into Funsho Williams’ murder.
The case suffered a set-back when the judge struck it out for want of diligent prosecution but Junaid, through his lawyer, Tunji Adesheye, filed a motion seeking to relist the matter.
Adesheye argued that his client had effected personal service of the concurrent writ of summons on the defendants that are outside the jurisdiction.
Justice Ajumogobia, had earlier granted leave to the plaintiff to effect personal service of the concurrent writ of summons in the suit on the IG by substituted means.
Other defendants affected are: Former Inspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, Attorney General of the Federation and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). They are the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th defendants in the suit.
In the suit, the applicant is praying the court to compel the Attorney General of the Federation, to direct the appropriate organ in the Criminal Justice Administration in the country to commence prosecution of the alleged suspects in the murder of Engineer Funsho Williams.
He is also praying for a declaration that all defendants in the suit should pay him compensation for his illegal detention and the psychological trauma he suffered for a period of over one year under the unmitigated actions of the defendants both jointly and severally and for their acts of commission and omission over the said illegal detention and his unlawful incarceration over the murder.
Besides, Junaid is asking for a claim of N5 billion as both compensatory and exemplary damages against the defendants for their actions or inaction over his illegal detention and dehumanization over the murder of the deceased.
Listed as co-defendants in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Sunday Ehindero (former I.G.P & I.P.O. of Funsho Williams’ murder case), Attorney-General of the Federation, Modupe Shasore and the PDP.
Others are Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Muiz Banire, Babatunde Edu, Dele Alake, and Henry Oladele Ajomale.
The matter has been adjourned till September 29.