Longrich: Ex NBA VP, Akariwe drags DSS to Court for Illegal detention of client over contractual Business Deal

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Longrich is an illegal business says DSS

A former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Mr Ikeazor Akariwe has dragged the Department of State Security Services (DSS) and one Kingsley Ugwuodo before a High Court in Enugu for the illegal arrest and detention of  Mrs. Marian Emmanuel and her husband along with their  baby over a contractual business deal.

The DSS had on Thursday, October 3, 2019, arrested and assaulted Mrs. Marian Emmanuel along with her husband and new baby over a business between her and Mr. Kingsley Ugwuodo involving investments in Longrich Bioscience Network Marketing.

The DSS claimed that doing the Longrich business was illegal.

Reacting to the DSS claim, Mr. Akariwe Ikeazor, in a letter to the Director of DSS highlighted the powers of the agency to include;

“1. Pursuant to S. 2 (3) of the National Security Agencies Act, your department is responsible for
(a) “the prevention and detention within Nigeria of any crime against the internal security of Nigeria;
(b) the protection and preservation of all non-military classified matters concerning the internal security of Nigeria; and
(c) such other responsibilities affecting internal security within Nigeria as the National Assembly or the President, as the case may be, may deem necessary.”

Akariwe noted that Longrich Bioscience Network Marketing is a legitimate and legal, ongoing commercial concern with emphasis on the research, development, manufacture and sales of cosmetics and healthcare products.

“To the best of our knowledge and belief, this action falls outside the purview of your statutory mandate”, he said.

The NBA leader urged DSS to immediately return Mrs. Emmanuel’s vehicle which was illegally held in their  custody.

Mrs Emmanuel argued through her counsel that the service has no right to hold unto her vehicle pending when she can repay monies which were voluntarily invested by Mr. Kingsley Ugwuodo in Longrich, over which she has no power.

Mrs Emmanuel requested that the matter be handed over to the appropriate government agency as the service has no jurisdiction.

In addition to a N10 million damages, Mrs. Emmanuel further asked that the DSS issue a public apology in a national dailies to her and her family for the unlawful arrest and detention.

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