The Nation (Nigeria)

Rights abuse: Court orders employer to pay ex-driver N3m

- By Robert Egbe

AFEDERAL High Court in Lagos has ordered one Mr Bernard Imarah to pay his former driver, Roland Ogamune and his wife, Blessing N3million for violating his fundamenta­l privacy rights.

Justice A. O. Faji upheld the argument of counsel to the Ogamunes, Mr Mofesomo Tayo-oyetibo that the couple had constituti­onally guaranteed rights to privacy and freedom of movement and it was unlawful for Imarah to trample on those rights.

The judge awarded N2million to Ogamune and N1million to his wife, adding that this was a case of Imarah’s misuse of his dominant position over his former driver.

Ogamune was Imarah’s driver but voluntaril­y resigned sometime in December 2017.

However, sometime in early 2018, Imarah accused him of stealing expensive alcoholic drinks worth millions of naira kept at his home in Lekki, Lagos.

Imarah proceeded to Ogamune’s home in Ikorodu on 9th February 2018 at about 6am in the company of unidentifi­ed men, who were later discovered to be police officers, to search the home.

He and the police officers were said to have forced their way into Ogamune’s home and carried out a search of the property without any search warrant.

Although nothing incriminat­ing was found, Ogamune was bundled, against his wish, into Imarah’s waiting car and driven off to the Maroko Police Station in Lekki where he was detained by the police for several days.

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