Police application stalls judgment in N300m suit

LAGOS STATE will today arraign suspected kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans, before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the High Court in Ikeja.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Adeniji Kazeem will lead the prosecution team. The Police yesterday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that it did not authorise any lawyer to represent it in the case filed by Evans.

The suspected kidnapper, through a Lagos lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, is praying the court to order his unconditional release from detention or to charge him.

He is claiming N300 million as damages for illegal detention and rights violation.

Justice Abdulazeez Anka had adjourned till yesterday for judgment after parties argued the case and adopted their addresses on August 16.

As the case was called for judgment to be delivered, police counsel Mr. David Igbodo said he filed a fresh application in which the police claimed it was not given a fair hearing.

The lawyer, who is the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Section at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, represented the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Police (first and second respondents).

He said the lawyer, Henry Obiazi, who earlier argued the case on behalf of the police, was not instructed to represent the IGP or the police.

In the pending application, which was filed on August 21, the police are praying the court to set aside the “purported” arguments made by Obiazi in the case.

They are also praying the court to set aside the ruling delivered by Justice Anka on August 16 in which he adjourned for judgment.

Igbodo said the judge adjourned the case without hearing from the first and second respondents, claiming they were not served with the suit.

Among the prayers in the application is an order granting leave to the IGP and the Police to file their counter-affidavits to the suit and for the court to consider their responses duly filed and served.

He said the application was a bid by the police to stall the verdict and should, therefore, be refused.

He adjourned further proceedings till September


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