N1bn rights violation suit against police: Court rules on March 18

The Federal High Court setting in Owerri, the Imo state capital, has fixed March 18, for definite judgement on N1 billion suit against the Nigeria Police Force for human rights violation.
The suit was instituted by one Nze Damian through his counsel, Boniface N. Ugwu, against the IGP, CP Imo state police command, OC Anti-Kidnapping, Imo Police and ASP Williams Eke for incarcerating him for over three months without being charged to court for an alleged involvement in kidnapping.
When the matter came up for argument, the applicant’s counsel prayed the court to grant the applicants’ application for damages.
He also urged the court to discountenance the counter affidavit and notice of preliminary objection of the respondent (police), challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
Ugwu relied principally on the ground that it lacked merit having being filed out of time and for fragrant failure to comply with the rules of the court.
The presiding Judge, Justice S. M. Shuaibu, of Court 1, adjourned to March 18, for definite judgement after both counsels adopted their final arguments and submissions.

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