5th March, 2022
By Adejoke Adeleye
A Superintendent of Police, Tijani Taofiq and one Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos have been charged for contempt of court.
The police officers had arrested and detained the applicant who is a Chinese national, Cheng Zheng for criminal offence.
Zheng is the Interpreter and Sales Manager of Hand in Hand Industry Nigeria Limited.
The case with Suit no: HCT/872/19 was thereafter filed before Justice O. Ogunfowora of Otta High Court who declared that the accusation lacked evidence.
In his judgement on June 9th, 2020, Justice Ogunfowora ordered release of the applicant’s international passport with No.EB4555829.
The court also ordered the defendants to pay N500,000 as damages and also pay N50,000 in favour of the applicant.
Despite the court order, the defendants failed to comply with the judgement of the court, necessitating the applicant filing contempt of court against the defendants before Justice O. J Bamgbose of Igbesa High Court, Ogun State.
When the case was called on Tuesday, counsel to the applicant, Chief O. T Akinbiyi, SAN argued that refusal of the police officers to abide by the rules of the court was an infringement of fundamental rights and Liberty of the applicant.
The Counsel prayed the court to compel the defendants to comply with the previous judgement of the court.
Akinbiyi also prayed the court to sentence the police officers over their refusal to obey rules of the court.
“Refusal of the court order is an infringement on the fundamental rights and Liberty of the applicant.
“The respondents were duly notified of the court order and warned that the next is punishment if they failed to abide by the rules.
“They did not give any reason for their refusal to comply with the court and why they didn’t appear before the court,” Akinbiyi argued.
Justice O. J Bamgbose, however, adjourned the case till April 6, 2022 for judgment.