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Wrongful Detention: Nigeria Police Fined N2m

By Francis IWUCHUKWU

IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - The Nigeria Police Force, NPF, has been directed to pay a couple, a sum to the tune of N2m for detaining them for eight days.

The court, presided over by Justice Muslim Sule Hassan particularly declared that the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos State, breached the fundamental rights of Reverend Godwin Izuchukwu and his wife, Reverend Prayer Godwin.

Joined as respondents in the action designated FHC/L/CS/699/19, are: Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Police Commissioner in charge of PSFU, Jane Nzekwe and Kate Nwuba.

The clergy and wife had dragged the respondents to court for detaining them beyond the constitutionally accepted period.

The duo informed the judge that they were unlawfully detained from April 24, till May 1, 2019 by the SFU, at the instance of Nzekwe and Nwuba, without a court order.

Specifically, Mrs. Godwin Izuchukwu had told Justice Muslim Sule Hassan that she was beaten and tortured by the SFU.

The clergy and wife therefore asked the court for a damage sum to the tune of N100m against the respondents jointly and severally.

The third and fourth respondents, Jane and Kate, prayed the court to dismiss the application.

But the IGP and SFU did not file any defence.

In his decision, Justice Muslim Sule Hassan held that: “The first and second Respondents did hot file a counter affidavit.

“This averment was not denied by the first and second respondents. 

“By detaining the Applicant for over 24 hours without charging him to court, the first and second Respondents, I hold, infringed the provision of the constitution.

“The sum of N2 million is awarded as damages against the first and second Respondents (Police).

“The Applicants must submit themselves to the first and second respondents for conclusion of investigation. 

"I hereby order applicants to report to the first and second Respondents for conclusion of investigation

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