An Anambra High Court sitting in Awka has awarded N10 million damage against Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Abutu Yaro, in charge of Zone 13 Police Headquarters, Anambra for illegal detention of one Mr Chukwuemeka Ekwueme, a Real Estate Developer.
Hon. Justice D. A. Onyefulu, a vacation judge who delivered the judgment on Tuesday also awarded the sum of N200,000 aa cost of litigation in favour of the plaintiff.
His Lordship also gave an injunction restraining the Police from arresting, detaining, harassing or intimidating the plaintiff on the same matter but proceed with charges against him.
Chief Alex Ejesieme SAN, council to the plaintiff had filed a suit in enforcement of fundamental human right action against Yaro and others in suit no.Suit no. A/Misc 461/2022 over the arrest abd detention of Ekwueme by the Police ZHQ between Dec. 14 and Dec. 28.
Other defendants in the suit were Defendants in the matter were Nkiru Nwode, PRO Zone 13 and Emmanuel Awah, office of PRO Zone 13.
Ejesieme said Ekwueme, who was the CEO of S. Bigman Multi Biz Concept, a Real Estate Company was arrested and detained in relation to his move to develop land at Oba International Airport, Idemili South Local Government Area.
He said the Police arrested him based on a petition by the community but had held him in detention without prosecuting him since Dec. 14, a situation he described as draconian policing.
Recall that the same court had on Dec. 28, 2022 ordered an immediate release of the plaintiff following a bail application by Ejesieme.