Court Frees Videographer Who Made Viral SARS Brutality Video, Orders Police to Pay Him N200,000 Damages

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Makolomi was also awarded N200,000 following his arrest and detention by the police.

The Federal High Court in Asaba also declared as unlawful the arrest and detention of Makolomi, who recorded the Delta Police brutality believed have triggered the #EndSARS campaign.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that Makolomi’s arrest and detention by the police after the went viral, was unlawful.

He awarded damages of N200, 000 in Makolomi’s favour.

The Delta Police Command arrested Makolomi a videographer, on October 5 and detained him till October 8, 2020 before he was arraigned.

Makolomi had on October 3, recorded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) operatives leaving an citizen and speeding off in the victim’s vehicle – a white Lexus SUV.

The incident occurred on Saturday near Wetland Hotel in Ughelli in Delta State.

Footage of the incident sparked outrage as Nigerians renewed calls for the government put an end SARS.

The agitation forced the (), Mohammed Adamu, ban SARS patrols and checkpoints nationwide.

But Makolomi’s case was taken up by the Digital Rights Lawyers Initiative (DRLI) who filed a marked FHC/ASB/CS/140/2020 to enforce his digital right to of expression and personal liberty.

DRLI asked the court to declare Makolomi’s arrest and detention was illegal because he had acted in exercise of his right to of expression.

But responding through his counsel, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State who was the Respondent in the , filed a counter affidavit stating that Makolomi was not arrested and detained for than 24 hours.

He, however, failed to adduce evidence showing the date of Makolomi’s arrest as required by law.

The judge dismissed the police’s argument and awarded judgment in Makolomi’s favour.