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Court awards damages against Police for human right violation

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AN Ikot Ekpene High Court has awarded N200,000 damages against the Nigeria Police for violating the fundamental right of the village head of Ibiakpan Akananwan in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Chief Eshiet Sunday Ifot.

Similarly, four members of the village council who are respondents in the suit are to pay N 800,000 to the royal father for initiating an allegiance process against the village head. The court presided over by Justice Ntong Ntong was delivering judgment in the enforcement of the fundamental right brought before it by Chief Ifot over his unlawful arrest and detention by the Police.

In his judgment, Ntong wrote that the N 1 million damages should be paid to the village Head jointly or severally or the money be deposited with the Assistant Chief Registrar of the court before any further step is taken in the matter.

The court said although no one can stop the police from carrying out their statutory duties or prevent a citizen from complaining to the security agent any time such report is made, it must be done with the purview of the law. It is believed that every citizen is innocent of a crime until he is found guilty, saying that subsequent invitation of the village head by the police is likely to have infringed on the fundamental right of the royal father.

On the KVA transformer donated by government to the community, the presiding judge described the allegation that the village head stole the transformer as a “cheap” way of giving a dog a bad name to hang it.

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