Police Lost Out In Violation Of Human Rights Suit, Ordered To Pay N3million Fine
The Police has been mandated today by an FCT High Court, sitting in Maitama to pay N3 million fine to a man identified as Kingsley Efobi for hampering on his rights to personal liberty.
Information available to Nigeria News shows that Efobi filed a case of violation of his human right against the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command on May 10, 2017.
Efobi successfully won the case against the police today as he was asked to be paid a huge sum for the violation of his personal liberty by the police.
The court further granted Efobi order of perpetual injunction which would protect him from further harrassment by the police.
In the owrds of the sitting judge, “Accordingly, an order of perpetual injunction is granted, restraining the respondents, their agents or servants from harassing the applicant on account of the subject matter of this suit.”
“The respondents jointly and severally are ordered to pay to the applicant a sum of N2 million damages for breaking his right to personal liberty.”
The judge also ordered that “N1million for violating his right not to be subjected to inhuman treatment.’’
He also noted that “There is no evidence by the respondents showing that they arrested and detained the applicant upon a reasonable suspicion of having committed a criminal offence.” “It is unconstitutional and, therefore, unlawful.’’
It was gathered that Efobi was ill-treated by the police following a complaint against him by his customer from whom he buys bed sheets and allied materials in large quantity and resells.
Efobi’s customer named Madam Normal was said to have reported Efobi to the police for owing her a sum of money about three years ago.
However, after receiving the complaint arrested Efobi and asked him to off his sandals and sit on the floor.
This act according to the Court is unconstitutional as Efobi was not found to be a criminal and therefore does not deserve such ill-treatment which is termed to have violated his right to personal liberty.