Ex-law­maker slams N1bn suit against Po­lice over de­ten­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

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.

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