Ernest Igbighogho Esq, a human rights lawyer based in Udu, has filed a lawsuit against the Inspector General of Police and five other individuals at the Udu High Court. The lawsuit seeks redress for the unlawful arrest and detention of his client, William Okoro, and demands compensation of N10 million for damages.
According to the lawyer, the legal action was prompted by the unjustified arrest and detention of his client, which occurred in relation to a civil matter.
In Suit No; OUHC/FHR/158/2023, William Okoro is listed as the Applicant, while Chief Luke Djebah, Mr. Emmanuel, Inspector Olokpa, the Area Commander of Burutu Area Command, AIG Zone 5, and the Inspector General of Police are named as the 1st to 6th respondents.
The lawyer has requested the following orders from the court in the lawsuit.
“A DECLARATION that the arrest of the Applicant on the 29th day of June 2023 by the 3rd to 6th Respondents on the prompting of the 1st and 2nd Respondents over a land transaction is unlawful, unconstitutional, illegal, and therefore a breach of the Applicant constitutional right to freedom of movement and dignity of the human person.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable court restraining the 3rd to 6th Respondents further arresting and or inviting the Applicant over the false complaint of the 1st and 2nd Respondents.
“AN ORDER of this Honourable court compelling the 1st and 2nd Respondent to tender public apology to be published in two national dailies for breaching the Applicant’s fundamental right to freedom of movement and right to dignity of the human person.
“The sum of N10,000,000.00 (Ten million naira) only as damages against the Respondents jointly and severally for the breached of the Applicant fundamental rights as enshrined in Chapter IV of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended and the African Charter on Human and People’s Right.”
The lawyer firmly asserts that his client’s fundamental rights were infringed upon and emphasizes the need for justice to be served.