Court orders IGP to pay DAILY POST Correspondent, two others N350,000, tender apology over unlawful arrests, detention

A Delta State Excessive Courtroom sitting in Otor-Udu in Udu Native Authorities Space of Delta State has ordered the Inspector-Basic of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, DCP Abba Kyari, O/C IGP Monitoring Unit and Detective Reuben Noah to pay DAILY POST Newspaper Correspondent in Delta State, Mr. Matthew Omonigho and two different Journalists, Mr. Onyekachukwu Meluwa and Mr. Christopher Odamah that have been unlawfully arrested and detained by his (IGP Monitoring Unit),the sum of 300 and fifty thousand naira as damages over their illegal arrests and detention.

The Courtroom Presided over by Hon. Justice Roli Daibo Harriman (Mrs.), handed down the order on August 17, DAILY POST can report.

A duplicate of the judgement was obtained by Our Correspondent in Warri.

Within the judgment, the Courtroom additionally ordered the IGP and the others to render apology to the three Journalists in three nationwide dailies together with the Vanguard, the Nation and DAILY POST Newspapers respectively throughout the fourteen days.

The three journalists, Mr. Matthew Omonigho, Onyekachukwu Meluwa and Christopher Odamah had individually approached the court docket for the enforcement of their basic human rights by way of their Counsel, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq looking for for ten million naira every as damages in Go well with No: OUHC/FHR/85/2020, OUHC/FHR/86/2020 and OUHC/FHR/87/2020 respectively.

However the court docket in its judgment stated, “Within the circumstances, I discover that the actions of the respondents have been calculated and did breach the elemental rights of the Applicant and he’s entitled to compensation.

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“Consequently, judgment is entered in favour of the Applicant as follows.

” The assault, beatings and arrest of the applicant by the respondent on Tuesday, the twenty sixth day of Might 2020 on the Press Centre of the Warri Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Warri and the following detention of the Applicant by the Respondents from 4:30pm until midnight of their cell on the Respondent’s Police Space Command Workplace Warri is a violation of the Applicant’s basic proper to liberty and proper to personal and household life as assured by Sections 34(1),35(1) and 37 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as Amended.

“The Respondents are to publish an apology to the Applicant inside 14 days hereof within the Vanguard Newspaper, the Nation Newspaper and DAILY POST Newspaper respectively.

“The sum of N150,000.00(100 and fifty thousand naira) solely as damages in opposition to the Respondents collectively and severally.

“An order of this honorable Courtroom directing the Respondents to render an apology to the Applicant in three Nationwide dailies I.e, the Vanguard Newspaper, the Nation Newspaper and DAILY POST Newspaper respectively.

“The sum of N10,000,000.00(Ten million Naira) as damages in opposition to the Respondents collectively and severally over their above unconstitutional acts.”

Counsel to the three journalists, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq in an announcement confirmed the report as he hailed the Courtroom for the sound judgment.

Ikimi, who can also be the Government Director of the Centre for the Susceptible & the Underprivileged, CENTREP, stated, “The above fits weren’t geared toward disparaging the Nigeria Police Pressure as an establishment however was similar is definitely geared in the direction of deepening our democracy and to additional improve our human rights tradition.”

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The authorized practitioner famous that, Mr. Matthew Omonigho (DAILY POST),

Onyekachukwu Meluwa (Punch),

Christopher Odamah (Delta Trumpet),

Edeki Igafe (NAN Correspondent) and Francis Sadhere (Enterprise Day Correspondent) have been arrested and detained on the Police Space Command, Warri from 4:30pm to 12 midnight by Males of the IGP Monitoring Unit, Abuja led by one Detective Rueben Noah with none formal cost and in lieu of certainly one of their colleague for no simply trigger.

In accordance with Ikimi, “Pursuant to the intervention of the Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Inuwa Hafiz and others, the stated 5 journalists have been launched on administrative bail at about 12 midnight similar day.

“Owing to the above growth, the Centre for the weak and the underprivileged Centrep took a particular curiosity within the case of the above journalists and did write the Inspector Basic of Police on the difficulty, demanding a public apology to be rendered forthwith by the Police Excessive Command to the stated journalists, however similar was to no avail.

“Following the refusal of the Police Excessive Command to render a public apology to the stated journalists, Centrep filed the under talked about basic rights Fits on behalf of three of the journalists on the Delta State Excessive Courtroom, Otor-Udu.”

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