Court awards N2m damages against police over arrest, detention of tricyclists

People's Union for Civil Liberties

Court awards N2m damages against police over arrest, detention of tricyclists

Justice Okon Abang of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on Monday, awarded N2 million as damages against the police over illegal arrest and detention of three tricyclists.

The applicants are Mr Samson Adeotan,  Chairman, the Keke Owners Riders Association of Nigeria; Oluwole Owolabi and Oluwasegun Ogundare.

 
 

They had filed the suit in December 2013, seeking an enforcement of their fundamental rights against the police.

Joined as respondents in the suit are the Inspector General of Police; Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (SFU); Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, and one Petra Microfinance Bank Ltd.

The applicants had sought a declaration that their detention by officers of the third respondent, and invitations by the second respondent, over a purely civil transaction, amounted to a breach of their rights.

They had sought a mandatory order of court restraining…

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