Court Orders Police to Pay N50m Over Illegal Arrest Made by Embattled Officer, Abba Kyari

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Nigerian police has been ordered to pay the sum of N50 million to Mrs. Ngozi Umeadi after she was illegally arrested and detained by officers led by embattled DCP, Abba Kyari.

ruling was given by a Federal Capital Territory High Court, sitting in Gudu Judicial Division Abuja.

Umeadi is being represented by IPOB lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor. He had instituted a case against police over the illegal arrest, torture and continued detention of Mrs. Umeadi since February 2021 till date.

In a Judgement delivered on Thursday morning, Hon. Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi of Court No. 28, Gudu Judicial Division, Abuja, declared Umeadi’s arrest and continued detention by Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Unit, hitherto led by Abba Kyari ‘illegal and a gross violation of her fundamental Human Rights’.

Court further directed for her immediate and unconditional release from custody, and consequently awarded exemplary and aggravated damages of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Only) against the Police as reparation.

Court further directed in her Judgement that the Police should tender an unreserved apology to Mrs Ngozi Umeadi, which apology will be published in two National Dailies. Speaking on the case, her lawyer, Ejiofor said;

“We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that terms of this judgment is carried out to the letter.”

“We shall also be speedily following up on prompt compliance with these terms of judgment, while other pending applications affecting others still in this category are being addressed in Court. Do not lose hope.”

“However, be assured that justice can only be delayed but not denied. All persons illegally arrested and still being detained by lawless Nigerian Security Agencies shall get justice. We are not relenting.”