DRIVER UNLAWFULLY DETAINED

Police to Compensate With N10 million

by Doris Ukaonu

DRIVER UNLAWFULLY DETAINED

The Federal High Court in Lagos has commanded the immediate release of  a commercial bus driver, identified as Jones Ofori, who was detained without trial since 2013 for alleged robbery.

Also commanded by the court , was that the police pay the sum of N10 million to Ofori for unlawful detention.

The order was given yesterday the 14th of May, 2019, by Justice Muslim Hassan who in the process clarified that the defendants in revolt of the suit, filed a counter-affidavit but never served it on the plaintiff. Therefore, there was no other option than to grant bail sought by Ofori.

Those present as defendants for the suit were  the Federal Government, Attorney General of the Federation,Abubakar Malami, and the Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed Adamu.

Adewale Fadipe, who was Ofori’s lawyer for the case filed a suit explaining that since 2013, Ofori was arrested after a bus given to him by his boss, one Mr. Ikechuckwu went missing in Ajah area of Lagos.

Ikechukwu filed a complaint to the police who detained Ofori first for two weeks in Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, after which he was moved to the office of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad in Ikeja for another two weeks.

Ofori was later presented before the state’s magistrate court on the grounds of robbery after which he remained in prison for six years.

Ofori pressured the court to consent that his detention for six years tampered with his fundamental human rights, praying the court rules against the police and compensates him for the years he spent unlawfully detained.

Justice Hassan obliged his prayers by awarding N10 million in his favour.