Evans files fresh suit against police, demands N300m damages

Chukwudumeme Ohamadike, aka Evans, the billionaire kidnapper recently arrested by security operatives for kidnapping and armed robbery related offenses on Thursday filed a fresh suit against the Inspector General of police and three others claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for “illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial”.

The notorious kidnapper had earlier Wednesday filed an ex parte application with reference number FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court or release him unconditionally.

In an affidavit deposed to by his father, Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.

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In his new suit also marked FHC/L/CS/1012/ 2017 and with the same persons as respondents, the applicant is seeking a declaration that his continued detention since June 10 without arraignment, violates his fundamental rights as guaranteed under the 1999 constitution.

He is also seeking a declaration that his parade on June 11 before journalists in Lagos, at the Lagos police command headquarters in Ikeja, without any court order, is unconstitutional and illegal.

He is consequently seeking an order compelling the respondents to immediately arraign him before a law court, or release him from custody forthwith.

The suspect is also seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further arresting, detaining, harassing, investigating or inviting him in relation to the facts of his case,

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No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.