Court dismisses Kidnapper N300m suits against IGP,POLICE


Justice Abdulazeez Anka of the Federal High

Court, Lagos has dismissed the N300 million


fundamental right enforcement suit, instituted

by suspected billionaire kidnapper,

Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans.

Justice Anka dismissed the suit for lacking in


Evans who was arrested on June 10th

2017, filed the suit against the Inspector-

General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and

three others challenging his arrest and

detention beyond the legally allowed time by

the police.
 Joined as respondents in the suit

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were the Nigerian Police Force (NPF),

Commissioner of Police (COP) Lagos State

and the Lagos State Anti-Robbery Squad

(SARS) as second, third and fourth

respondents respectively.

In the fundamental rights enforcement suit,

Evans, had urged the court for an order

directing the police to charge him to court

immediately or release him on bail. Evans had

also alleged that he was subjected to media

trial during his arrest. Ogungbeje argued that

Evans’ detention since June 10 to 22, 2017

without being charged to court was a violation

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of his client’s fundamental rights enshrined in

sections 35 (1) (c) (3) (4) (5) (a) (b) and 36

of the Constitution.

However, the police through its counsel,

Emmanuel Eze, had urged court to

discountenance Evan’s application, and

dismissed same accordingly, for lacking in

merit, as no infraction was committed as

claimed by Evans.

Delivering judgement in the suit, the presiding

judge, Justice Anka ruled that Ogungbeje was

unable to argue his case based on Section 35

and 36 of the constitution. The judge also

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ruled that the decision of the police to detain

Evans from June 10, till June 22, 2017, was

reasonable, as the police had told the court

that they had an order to detain him for 90


On the allegation of subjecting the applicant,

Evans, to media trial, the judge stated that

there is no law that can stop the media from

carrying out their constitutional duty.

Consequently, Justice Anka pronounced

Evans’ suit not succeed and dismissed it