Court orders I-G to pay N5m damages to cell-phone repairer




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– An Federal High , Thursday ordered the Inspector- of Police N5 million as damages cell-phone repairer, Simon Eke, for unlawful and without trial.
Eke was arrested and detained Oct. 2013 at Wuse, .
Delivering judgment, Chief Judge of the Federal High , Ibrahim Auta, described the action of the police as `barbaric.’
“I have taken a critical look into the proceedings this case and discovered that this matter came up for hearing up nine times and the police were served with processes, yet no appearance was made defend the suit.
“Rather than coming to to defend the suit, the defendants resorted to writing the asking for frivolous adjournments up to seven times.
“I am of the view that there must be an end to litigation, and it is this premise that I enter judgment favour of the plaintiff.
“The respondent is ordered to the sum of N5 million damages to the applicant as claimed since it has no defence to offer”, Auta ordered.
The judge also gave an order of perpetual injunction against the Inspector- of Police, agents or privies from arresting or detaining the plaintiff.
The plaintiff had through counsel, Mr Paul Ashukeka, sued the Inspector- to enforce fundamental .
He demanded N5 million as damages for the period of four months that he was detained without trial. (NAN