Ex-lawmaker slams N1bn suit against Police over detention
A Christian cleric and former member of the House of Representatives, Rev. Ezekiel Oise Orhevba, has commenced a N1 billion suit against the Area Commander of Kubwa Division of the Nigerian Police Force over his arrest and detention without trial since March 22.
In the suit, Orhevba is also asking for N.5 million as general and punitive damages for his continued unlawful detention, torture and subjection to inhuman condition by the police.
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Inspector General of Police and the FCT commissioner of Police and Engr. Victor Ochie Amanyi have been joined as co-defendants.
In the affidavit supporting the application, Orhevba stated that he was arrested and detained on a spurious petition over the treat to the life of Engr. Victor Ochie Amanyi.
The applicant had earlier petitioned the police stating that Engr. Amanyi was running an institution called Ikare City Polytechnic at Kubwa which was suspected to be unapproved. The ex-lawmaker stated that Engr. Amanyi got wind of his pending petition and threatened to deal with him.
It further said it was as a result of his (Orhevba’s) pending petition that Amanyi made a complaint of threat to his life.
According to Orhevba, the police have been detaining him without an order of court since 22nd of March without investigating his earlier petition that Engr. Amanyi had allegedly been running an institution without license.
No date has been given for hearing in the suit.