LG Chair Drags 4 Police Officers To Court Over Human Rights Abuse
By Nedum Noble
Four police officers have been dragged before the Federal High Court sitting in Awka, over enforcement of Fundamental Right Suit brought by Barrister Raymond Onyegu and James Ileme against Mr. Edozie Madu and seven others.
The Judge, Justice I.N Oweibo had ordered substituted service of court processes on the officers following an application by the first applicant, Barrister Onyegu seeking order of the court for substituted service on the fifth to eight respondents in the case .
The application brought by legal practitioner, who is also the Orumba South Local Government Council Transition Committee Chairman, was supported by a 10-paragraph affidavit deposed by the first applicant and a written address.
Making the application, the first and second applicant, argued that the four respondents being police officers, employed by the Nigeria police with Force Headquarters in Abuja and state office at Amawbia could be reached through the efficient police communication network that ensures expeditious delivery of documents and messages among its officers across the country.
They noted that it would be more convenient and cost saving to effect the service through the police state Headquarters at Amawbia.
Speaking to newsmen, Bar. Onyegu said the suit was to ask the court to compel the respondents to pay them N1billon damages and tender public apology for gross abuse of their fundamental human rights.
“We were abducted, tortured and illegally detained on November 18, 2017 which constituted prosecutorial misconduct, malicious abuse of due process of law and infringement on our fundamental human rights,” he said.
He added that they requested the court to mandate the fifth to eighth respondents to prosecute first to the fourth respondents and their agents who participated in their abduction and torture as well as give order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, their agents and privies from continued witch hunt , harassment, intimidation and persecution of the applicants based on the suit before the court.
The case was adjourned to Tuesday, February 27, 2018 for hearing.