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Police To pay Jonathan’s Aide N10m For House Invasion

The Federal High Court sitting in Akure ,Ondo State , on Thursday , ordered the Nigeria Police to pay N10 m to a former Special Adviser to ex – President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs ,Mr Kingsley Kuku , as damages for the invasion of his house .

Kingsley Kuku

Some armed policemen had in May 2018 invaded the home of the former presidential aide in Arogbo , Ese Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State .

Kuku challenged the action of the police in the court .

Through his counsel, Atima K . A. and Co ,Kuku prayed the court to declare the action of the police illegal , oppressive and unconstitutional.

Representing the plaintiff in court , Egbekun Ebieritei, in suit No FHC /AK /CS /61 / 18 , had argued that the invasion of the country home residence of Kuku by the police was illegal .

According to him , 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 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 .

The judge 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 acceptable to the court and ordered the respondents to jointly pay the sum of N10 m as damages to the applicant .

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