Court awards N500,000damages against police for continued detention of high chiefs.

Mohammed Abubakar ,IGP
Mohammed Abubakar ,IGP

An Okitipupa High Court in Ondo State,has awarded N500,000 damages against the police in the state for continued detention of three High Chiefs from Irele local government area of the state.
High Chiefs ,Eniola Monehin, Busayo Adeyeye and Olamigoke Bamidele were arrested by the police on 7 November 2013 for allegedly attempting to breach the peace of the community over which they subsequently went to court.
Giving judgement in the matter, the presiding judge over the case, Justice S A Bola upheld that the police erred in law by detaining the applicants for more than a day because in their action they had violated the applicants right under section 35 of the constitution of the country..
Justice Bola therefore directed the Commissioner of Police, Inspector Arowolo and police officer Ajao of the state Criminal Investigation Department,CID, to make the sum of N500,000 available to the applicants in the case.
The ruling of the judge followed an earlier argument by counsel to the applicants, Bode Famakin that his clients were not admitted to bail through mandatory form whilst the offense for which they were arrested were bailable in nature..
He cited section 35 (5) of the Nigerian Constitution to support his argument before the court.

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