Prince Kpokpogri drags Tonto Dikeh, DSS to court

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Prince Joseph Kpokpogri has filed a lawsuit against his estranged lover Tonto Dikeh and the Department of State Services, DSS.

Kpokpogri who is seeking the enforcement of his fundamental rights filed the case before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

In the case dated 20th September 2021 with Suit Number FHC/ABJ/CS/1092/2021, Kpokpogri prayed the court to stop the DSS from further inviting him.

Prince Kpokpogri also through his Lead Counsel Ovie Justice OJEFIA, Esq. is asking the court for an order directing the Respondents jointly and severally to pay him the sum of N10,000,000,000 (Ten Billion Naira) as compensation for the mental trauma, emotional stress and severe damage caused him due to the invitation extended to him.

Kpokpogri in the suit sought “A declaration that the invitation extended to the applicant through telephone call and a text message on Thursday, 16th September, 2021 by FCT Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) with office at No. 7, Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street, Off Julius Nyerere Crescent, Near Kapital Klub and Apartments, Asokoro, FCT-Abuja being under the supervision and control of the 1st Respondent in connection with an estranged romantic relationship between the Applicant and 2nd Respondent which the 1st Respondent knows is civil in nature contravenes Sections 34, 35 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and Articles 4, 5, 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 which guarantee the Applicant’s fundamental rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty and freedom of movement and same is unwarranted, illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

“An order perpetually restraining the 1st Respondent (Director-General of DSS) acting either by himself or through his agents, officers and representatives from further inviting, pestering, harassing and intimidating the Applicant by way of telephone calls, text messages or letters asking the Applicant to report at FCT Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) with office at No. 7, Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street, Off Julius Nyerere Crescent, Near Kapital Klub and Apartments, Asokoro, FCT-Abuja or any other location whether within or outside the Federal Capital Territory Abuja in connection with an estranged romantic relationship between the Applicant and 2nd Respondent which the 1st Respondent knows is civil in nature.

“An order directing the Respondents jointly and severally to pay the Applicant the sum of N10,000,000,000 (Ten Billion Naira) as compensation for the mental trauma, emotional stress and severe damage caused the Applicant due to the invitation extended to him through telephone call and a text message on Thursday, 16th September, 2021 by FCT Command of the Department of State Services (DSS) with office at No. 7, Gamal Abdel-Nasser Street, Off Julius Nyerere Crescent, Near Kapital Klub and Apartments, Asokoro, FCT-Abuja being under the supervision and control of the 1st Respondent in connection with an estranged romantic relationship between the Applicant and 2nd Respondent which the 1st Respondent knows is civil in nature.”

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

In the affidavit in support of the Originating Motion on Notice, Plaintiff deposed that he decided to rushed to court to have his fundamental rights protected because they are being threatened.

He said in the affidavit:

“That I had a romantic relationship with Miss Tonto Dikeh being the 2nd Respondent herein for about three months beginning from 3rd June, 2021 and the relationship ended on or about 19th August, 2021.

”That the 2nd Respondent has continuously issued oral threats against me that she is going to use all her connections and contacts to bring me down to nothing simply because I separated from her.

”That I am aware that the 2nd Respondent engaged certain strange heavily built men with dark shades who started tailing my movement around town shortly after 19th August 2021 when I ended the romantic relationship with the 2nd Respondent.

”That I thereafter became worried that the 2nd Respondent could execute her threats, considering her wide popularity and connection in the Nigerian film industry.