Peter Obi sued for involving toddler in rally

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has been dragged before a family court in Ikeja High Court, Lagos State, for allegedly involving an underage girl-child in his political rally in the state.

The suit was filled by a child rights activist, Amb. Wale Ojo-Lanre, October 27.

The activist in the suit suit marked ID/6332GCM/2022, demanded N50m as damages.

The other respondents are; the Labour Party, Queen (mother of the underage), Federal Republic of Nigeria and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The petitioner is seeking an award of N50m damages against the first, second and third respondents for the violation of the child rights of the underage girl-child.

According to him, it is illegal, misleading, unlawful, exploitative and abusive for the presidential candidate to post the picture and video of the toddler via his Twitter handle dated October 2 to refer to her as “a poster child.”

He said the act was “contrary to Sections 29 and 33 of the Child Rights Act of Lagos State and Article 36 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Children, 1981.”

Ojo-Lanre also urged the court to prevent the first, second and third respondents from posting, circulating and printing the picture of the toddler.

He further submitted that the fourth and fifth respondents should initiate criminal complainant, arrest and prosecution of the first, second and third respondents for alleged exploitation and flagrant violation of the right of the toddler, NAN reports.

Meanwhile, the case has not been fixed for hearing.

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