Unlawful Incarceration: Court Awards N7.5m Against Police, Two Others In Cross River

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A High Court of Cross River State sitting in Calabar and presided over by Justice Bassey Ebute has awarded damages to the sum of NGN7.5 million against the respondents in suit number HC/22F/2022 for infringing on the fundamental human rights of one Benjamin Seshe.

The Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police Cross River State, the Nigeria Police Force, CP Joseph Agaji (rtd), and Anthony Elor were listed as first to fifth respondents respectively.

In his judgment delivered on Tuesday, Justice Ebute held that Mr. Agaji used his influence as a retired Commissioner of Police to procure them to arrest and lock up Mr. Seshe for over a month.

Justice Ebute ordered that the first, second, and third respondents pay the applicant, five million Naira while the fourth and fifth respondents were ordered to pay the applicants the sum of NGN2.5 million jointly, and severally.

A press release from the Counsel to the applicant, First Baba Isa quoted Mr. Seshe saying that he is ready to make peace with CP Agaji to put to rest the “ugly crisis that emanated from a chieftaincy tussle in Ebung Community, in Bansara, Ogoja.

“However, he said that the entire community has vowed that for every member of the community CP Agaji (rtd) got arrested, or will get arrested in the future, they will approach the court to seek redress.

“Other members of the community who were locked up for several months by the police at the instance of (CP) Agaji (rtd) are still in court seeking redress.”

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