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Rights violation: Court fines STF, IG N2m

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A  Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State,  has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, and the Special Task Force to pay N2m as damages to a Jos-based businessman, Mr. Chijioke Achi, for violating his fundamental human rights.

The damages were awarded jointly and severally against the IG and some of his officers serving under the STF, Cpl Alhassan Ladan, Cpl Ramosi Akeem, PC Nanju Johnson and ASP Jaiyeola Marvis and one Colonel.

Achi had dragged the security officers to court alleging assault and brutality, saying the officers manhandled him in his shop located at No. 25 Ahmadu Bello Way, Jos.

The plaintiff had, through his counsel, Uche Mgbemene, filed a suit before the Justice Ayo Emmanuel of Federal High Court I to challenge the action of the officers.

Achi said the Colonel had in March this year bought a computer from his shop and returned it after a month through a soldier, claiming that the device was defective.

Although Achi said that he was not involved in the initial transaction, but soldiers came to his shop on April 2 to complain about the computer.

He said that he called a technician who examined the computer and certified it okay.

But the soldiers were said not to be satisfied, insisting that the Colonel told them to drop the computer and ask for a refund. In the ensued argument, the security men descended on him, beating him up and damaging his goods.

But counsel to the police, Ms Abuzieme Ogochukwu, asked the court to see the entire action as part of routine duty of keeping the peace in the state.

But Justice Emmanuel condemned the action of the security.

The judge said, “The officers went to the shop with the intention to intimidate, harass the applicant and by the evidences before me, I am satisfied that exibits I – 4 showed that the accused were in flagrant abuse of the fundamental rights of the applicant.

“It is disgusting and shameful that our security personnel could descent so law in using their status equivocal powers to willfully torture and maltreat the applicant.

“This show of powers could better been be exhibited at the war front and not within a civilian environment; we are in a constitutional and democratic regime where the rule of law cannot be compromised.”

Article Credit: PUNCH Newspaper

Updated 5 Years ago

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