Court fines police N2m for detaining pastor, spouse for eight days

A Federal Excessive Court docket in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the police to pay a pair N2 million for detaining them for eight days.

Justice Sule Hassan stated the Police Particular Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos, breached the elemental rights of Reverend Godwin Izuchukwu and his spouse, Reverend Prayer Godwin. The respondents within the go well with marked FHC/L/CS/699/19, are: Inspector-General ofPolice (IGP), Police Commissioner in-charge of PSFU, Jane Nzekwe and Kate Nwuba. The Godwins sued the respondents for detaining them past the constitutionally accepted interval.

They instructed the decide of their movement on discover filed by means of their lawyer, Prince Chinewubeze, that they have been unlawfully detained from April 24, until Could 1, 2019 by the SFU, on the occasion of Nzekwe and Nwuba, with no court docket order.

Mrs Godwin, the court docket heard, was allegedly, was overwhelmed and tortured by the SFU The candidates sought N100million as damages towards the respondents collectively and severally.

The third and fourth respondents, Jane and Kate, by means of their counsel, Present Ike, prayed the court docket to dismiss the appliance. The IGP and SFU  didn’t file any defence.

Justice Hassan held: “The primary and second Respondents did sizzling file a counter affidavit. This averment was not denied by the primary and second respondents…

By detaining the Applicant for over 24 hours with out charging him to court docket, the primary and second Respondents, I maintain, infringed the supply of the structure. The sum of N2 million is awarded as damages towards the primary and second Respondents (Police).

The Candidates should submit themselves to the primary and second respondents for conclusion of investigation. I hereby order candidates to report back to first and second Respondents for conclusion of investigation

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