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Court dismisses suit against IGP

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Court dismisses suit against IGP

By Emmanuel Okubenji


The High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday dismissed a suit filed by a lawyer, Danladi Okhidievbie, against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Hafiz Ringim.

Joined in the suit for unlawful arrest and detention were the FCT Commissioner of Police, Michael Zuokumor, and the Anti-Fraud Squad of the Criminal Investigative Department.

Okhidievbie was arrested and detained on July 8 for alleged conspiracy, forgery, theft and fraud.

He was alleged to have sold plot 867 in Jabi District, Abuja, to one Adamu Hamman at the cost of N11 million without the consent of its owner, Ifeanyi Obiakor. But Okhidievbie has asked the court to declare that the police violated his fundamental human rights as stated in the 1999 Constitution when he was detained in Abuja for two weeks.
At the resumed hearing, Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi was informed by the counsel to the IGP, ASP Rimamsonte Ezekiel, that counsel to Okhidievbie, Abraham Obadeyi, was absent.

Ezekiel told the court that there was no letter from Obadeyi stating the reason for his absence in court. He said that Obadeyi knew that the matter would come up for hearing in court on Tuesday.

Ezekiel said that at the last hearing on August 17, Obadeyi had specifically requested for Tuesday’s hearing. He, therefore, prayed the court to dismiss the suit for want of due diligence.

Justice Oniyangi held that applicant's counsel had not shown interest in pursuing his matter.

"I am dismissing and striking out the suit for want of due diligence and all counsel should know that the courts will not wait for them until they are ready," Justice Oniyangi said, "If you know that you are not ready to diligently pursue and bring your matter to a conclusion, you should not even start." - Nigerian news, political news, politicians, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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