Po­lice to pay Jonathan’s aide N10m for house in­va­sion

The Punch - - METRO - Peter Dada, Akure

The Fed­eral high Court sit­ting in Akure, Ondo State, on Thurs­day, or­dered the Nige­ria Po­lice to pay N10m to a former Spe­cial Ad­viser to ex-pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan on Niger Delta Af­fairs, Mr Kings­ley Kuku, as dam­ages for the in­va­sion of his house.

Some armed po­lice­men had in May 2018 in­vaded the home of the former pres­i­den­tial aide in Arogbo, Ese Odo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Ondo State.

Kuku chal­lenged the ac­tion of the po­lice in the court.

Through his coun­sel, Atima K. A. and Co, Kuku prayed the court to de­clare the ac­tion of the po­lice il­le­gal, op­pres­sive and un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Rep­re­sent­ing the plain­tiff in court, Eg­bekun Ebieritei, in suit No FHC/AK/CS/61/18, had ar­gued that the in­va­sion of the coun­try home res­i­dence of Kuku by the po­lice was il­le­gal.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion pro­vides for ar­rest by the po­lice upon sus­pi­cion that some­one who com­mit­ted a crime and such a per­son must be charged to court within a rea­son­able pe­riod.

In a judge­ment de­liv­ered by Jus­tice Fo­lashade Olubanjo, the court awarded N10m against the In­spec­tor-gen­eral of Po­lice, Ibrahim Idris; the Ondo State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju; and the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer of Arogbo Po­lice Sta­tion.

The judge ruled that the po­lice “breached the fun­da­men­tal rights of the claimant by in­vad­ing his home and de­stroy­ing his prop­er­ties,” adding that the ap­pli­cant was un­justly hu­mil­i­ated.

The judge added that the de­fence of the po­lice was not ac­cept­able to the court and or­dered the re­spon­dents to jointly pay the sum of N10m as dam­ages to the ap­pli­cant.

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