….As some of his children spend days in detention

The so-called robbery incident that occurred in the residence of the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election in Nigeria, late Chief MKO Abiola has exposed the internal feud in the late business mogul’s family.

Two sons of the politician, Kassim and Aliyu Abiola who have been in detention for nine days over the incident have filed for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights in court.

They told the court that they were discriminatorily singled out as a result of a complaint by their step mum, Mrs. Adebisi Abiola, who accused them of complicity in the robbery.

In their statement to the Police, the two men said even though searches have been conducted in their apartments and nothing incriminating or connecting them with any alleged stolen item belonging to their step mum was found, they are still being detained.

They described the suspicion of their involvement in the robbery as “completely false and malicious in its entirety,” adding that the allegation was “meant to disparage their persons and their immediate nuclear family, not being biological children of the complainant”.

They have therefore initiated legal tussle at an Ikeja High Court through their lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who applied for the enforcement of their rights to personal liberty, dignity of person, right to private and family life, as well as right to freedom of movement.


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