Court to Rule on Billionaire Kidnapper, Evans’ Continued Detention on August 29

A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed August 29 to deliver judgment on the fundamental rights suit filed by alleged kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans.
The Judge, Abdulaziz Anka, had earlier ruled in favour of Olukoya Ogungbeje, the lawyer representing Evans, after he disclosed that he had complied with the court’s order to serve the respondents.
The court has said the case can proceed even during court vacation especially as processes have been served on the respondents in the matter.
Evans, who was arrested in Lagos on June 10 , after a police special squad caught up with him at his No. 3, Fred Shoboyede Street, Magodo, Lagos home, for his role in several high profile kidnappings across the country, has been in detention since then.
He had filed a suit for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights to liberty.
When the case resumed Wednesday, Justice Anka, the trial Judge, dismissed the objections of Emmanuel Eze, the counsel the Lagos State Police Commissioner and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, third and fourth respondents.
The Judge aligned with the counsel to Evans, Olukoya Ogungbeje, that service on the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force – first and second respondents- had been properly effected.
In his ruling, Justice Anka also held that leave was not required for the matter to be heard during vacation, as Order 4 Rule 5 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules of 2009 enjoins the court to pursue speed and justice on issues of fundamental human rights.
In the application, the suspected kidnapper, Evans, is challenging his continued detention without arraignment.
He claimed that his parade on June 11 before journalists at the Lagos Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, without a court order, is unconstitutional and illegal.
Evan wants the court to award him N300m as exemplary damages for his alleged illegal detention and the alleged harm caused by his media trial.
He has also asked the court to order the police authorities to immediately arraign him before a law court, or release him from custody.
The Judge arrived at August 29 date after counsel to the parties had argued for and against Evans’ continued detention.

Author: News Editor

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