Court awards N2m against police over arrest of Evans the kidnapper's in-law

Monday, 23 Oct, 2017

Alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, ‎has frustrated the Lagos state government as the state arraigned him on fresh charges.

Obiechina had filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the police for "illegally" detaining him in the course of investigations into Evans' alleged kidnap.

Evans had confessed to both kidnappings before the Police and the media.

Justice Idris, however, ruled that Obiechina's detention was unconstitutional, saying the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates' court was invalid.

Evan's lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, argued that his client could not be arraigned until his application challenging the charges and the court's jurisdiction had been determined.

Consequently, Justice Mohammed Idris, in his judgment earlier today, demanded that the Nigeria Police Force release Evans' brother-in-law unconditionally and award him N2m damages.

"The applicant has not committed any offense known to law to warrant his being arrested and detained by the operatives of the respondents".

-Court awards human rights case against the police.