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FAITH OKAFOR v. LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT & ANOR

(2016) LPELR-41066(CA)

In The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

On Friday, the 4th day of November, 2016

CA/L/1106/2014


Before Their Lordships

SIDI DAUDA BAGE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

BIOBELE ABRAHAM GEORGEWILL Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

UGOCHUKWU ANTHONY OGAKWU Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria


Between

FAITH OKAFOR - Appellant(s)

AND

1. LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
2. ATTORNEY GENERAL, LAGOS STATE - Respondent(s)


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Summary

INTRODUCTION:
This appeal borders on the enforcement of fundamental rights.

FACTS:
25th May, 2013 was a Saturday. It was the last Saturday in the month of May. As they are wont to do in Lagos, it was a day set aside for the cleaning of the environment with the attendant restriction in movement between the hours of seven and ten in the forenoon. On the said day, the Appellant was arrested for violating the restriction in movement directive. She was bundled into a %u201CBlack Maria%u201D with other persons who were arrested and they were arraigned before the Special Offences Court where she pleaded guilty, was convicted and fined N2,000.00 for %u201Cwandering, loitering and walking about in defiance of the monthly compulsory environmental sanitation exercise.%u201D

The Appellant paid the fine imposed and subsequently instituted proceedings at the High Court of Lagos State in Suit No. M/548/2013: FAITH OKAFOR v. LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT & ANOR. for the enforcement of her fundamental rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty and freedom of movement. In the Amended Statement filed in support of the application, the Appellant claimed
ISSUES:

DECISION/HELD:


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