The Federal High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State, on Thursday, has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N10m to a former Special Adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Kingsley Kuku, as damages for the invasion of his residence.
Some armed policemen had in May 2018 invaded the country home of the former presidential special adviser in Arogbo, Ese Odo LGA of Ondo State.
Kuku confronted the action of the Nigeria police in the court.
Through his counsel, Atima K. A. and Co, Kuku urged the court to declare the action of the police force illegal, unconstitutional and oppressive.
Representing the petitioner in court, Egbekun Ebieritei, in suit No FHC/AK/CS/61/18, had argued that the invasion of the residence of Kuku by the police was illegal.
In his prayer, “the country’s constitution provides for arrest by the police upon suspicion that someone who committed a crime and such a person must be charged to court within a reasonable period.
In a judgement delivered by presiding Justice Folashade Olubanjo, the court awarded N10m against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Gbenga Adeyanju; and the Divisional Police Officer of Arogbo Police Station.
Olubanjo ruled that the police “breached the fundamental rights of the claimant by invading his home and destroying his properties,” adding that the applicant was unjustly humiliated.
The Judge added that the defence of the police was not satisfactory to the court and ordered the respondents to jointly pay the sum of N10m as damages to the applicant.