Ajomale’s US tracker dilemma: Court to the rescue?

The device, which is known as chip, was said to have been inserted in his body since December 2010.
Today, citizen Jacob Olakunle Ajomale is battling hard to get the destructive device removed from his body in order to allow him live a normal life.
He has cried out loud, granted press interviews and petitioned the United Nations’ (UN) Council on Human Rights to direct the United States to remove the device from his body.
Last week, Ajomale persisted with efforts to free himself from the chips when he approached a Lagos Federal High Court to come to his rescue.
Specifically, Ajomale sued the United Airline and the Nigerian Minister of Internal Affairs demanding $100 million and N100 million damages respectively for the violation of his fundamental rights to dignity of human person and right to mental and physical health as guaranteed by Sections 35 and 41 of the Constitution and Articles 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.
He stated in an affidavit that he has been living in the United States since April 12, 1997 with a visiting visa and became a permanent resident in February 2008, and never had any criminal record all through the period.
He said on January 22, 2009, he travelled to Nigeria for his father’s burial and on his way back, he was arrested on February 5, 2009 by one officer Derrick at the BWI Airport in Baltimore, Maryland.
He said he was taken to a cold room for nine hours of torture in order to make an incriminating statement of using falsified passport in 2001.
He was subsequently arraigned, tried, convicted and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment at the DC jail and Rivers Correction Centre, in North Carolina.
He was released on August 11, 2009 at about 7pm, after being cleared by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But surprisingly, he was arrested again by the same officer Derrick on August 15, 2009 on the ground that his release from detention was a mistake.
He said: “While in detention at Worchester Detention Centre, Snow Hill, Maryland, an ICE officer, William Malone told me I could be released but it was going to cost me money. I told my lawyer about it who reported to senior ICE officers.
“That investigation was carried out and Officer Michelle Rawlings interrogated me and promised to get back to me, which she never did, afterwards I became the target of all the officers.


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