Federal High Court, Lagos, presided over by Justice Muslim Sule Hassan, today ordered the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to pay the sum of N21.4 million to a limited liability company, Alfredo Resources Nigeria Limited, for unlawfully detention of the company’s truck, extortion and general damages.
Justice Hassan made the order while delivering judgment in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/338/18, instituted by the company against Mrs. Toun Sobajo, who trade under the name and style of Alol Wadudat Nigeria Limited, Inspector-General of Police(IGP), Assistant Inspector-General, Zone 2, Onikan-Lagos, as first to third respondents.
Other respondents in the company’s fundamental right suit are: Commissioner of Police, Lagos State; Divisional Police Officer, Ebute-Ero Police Station, Lagos Island, Inspector Sunday, and one Ifeanyi Okafor, as fourth to seventh respondents.
The applicant, through its lawyers, Chief Charles Enwelunta and Chijioke Chinewubeze, had urged the court to declare that its arrest, detention, incarceration, torture and dehumanisation by the police over a business transaction with the first and seven respondents, is illegal and unlawful.
The applicant also asked for a court’s declaration that the use, employment and hiring of the police by the first respondent to unlawfully and illegally recover the sum of N9 million from them, over a trumped up allegations, was illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.
The applicant also urged the court for an order declararing that the use, employment and procurement of the police by the first respondent to extort and recover monies for the first respondent on account of same transaction for which the sum of N9 million had been unlawfully taken from her in favour of the first respondent, where the second, third and sixth respondents are determined to commence the extortion of another N200 million monthly, is illegal and unconstitutional.
The applicants therefore urged the court to grant an order compelling the Nigeria Police Force, the IGP, AIG Zone 2, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, DPO, Ebute-Ero Police Division, and one Inspector Sunday to pay back the sum of N9 million unlawfully extorted from them, and another sum of N2.4 million, at N100, 000, daily for 24 months, for unlawfully detaining their Mack trailer truck at Ebute-Ero police station, and the sum of N50 million for general damages.
Delivering judgment in the suit today, Justice Hassan, said: “I have gone through all the processes filed, the motion on notice, supporting affidavit and the written address.
“The respondents didn’t file any counter, despite been served. In view of the above, I hereby granted all the reliefs sought by the applicant except relief G, in which I award the cost of N10 million, as general damages, against all the respondents, jointly and severally, for the breach of applicant’s fundamental rights”.