Court Orders IGP To Pay N500,000 To Suspect


Justice Ugochukwu Ogakwu of the Abuja High Court on Thursday ordered the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mr. Hafiz Ringim, to pay N500,000 compensation to one Garshon Nyengonum for unlawful detention.

He gave the order while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Nyengonum against the IG and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Michael Zuokumor.

Nyengonum was arrested on July 8 at Nneka, Rivers State over a land dispute and transferred to the FCT Police Command, where he has been in detention for more than one month.

His Counsel, Mr. Olusanjo Jimoh, had filed a motion challenging his unlawful detention by the FCT Police and for the enforcement of the applicant’s fundamental rights.

In his affidavit, Nyengonum had asked for N5 million compensation and an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further detaining him.

In his judgment, Ogakwu said Nyengonum’s detention at the FCT Police Command without being charged to court was “unlawful and a violation of his fundamental rights.”

He therefore ordered that Nyengonum be paid N500,000 as compensation by the IG for his unlawful detention.

He also restrained the respondents from further detaining Nyengonum.

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