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Businessman takes IGP, others to court over detention

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
17 December 2019   |   3:05 am
A Lagos-based businessman, Mr. Leo Umar Agambi, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, and others to a Federal High Court

[FILES] Lagos-based businessman, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, and others to a Federal High Court, Lagos.

A Lagos-based businessman, Mr. Leo Umar Agambi, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, and others to a Federal High Court, Lagos for alleged infringing of his right through an alleged illegal arrest and detention since December 5, 2019.

Agambi in a suit No FHCL: CD/1484:2018 filed by his counsel, Mr. Bamidele Ogundele, alleged that he was arrested and detained at the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Abuja despite the court order served on them and a pending suit before the court.

He prayed the court to compel the respondents to obey the order of the court, to restrained them from further harassing him and released him in forthwith.

Aside IGP Adamu, other respondents are: OC X Squards, Force CID Alagbon Close, Supol Thomas Reuben and DSP Abubakar Mohammed. He claimed that the respondents arrested and detained illegally at the Force headquarters in Abuja despite the fact that there is still a pending civil case before Justice Oguntoyinbo of the Federal High Court Ikoyi.

However, when a call was put through to Supol Thomas to ascertain the detention of the applicant, he did not pick or returned the call and also did not reply to the text messages sent to his phone.

On March 20, 2018, Agambi was alleged of conspiring and diverting crushed BC plastics valued at about N50 million before a Lagos magistrate court.

The applicant also alleged that he was arrested with a fake warrant, which has not emanated from the court.

According to him, the warrant of arrest they brought was fake. “They claimed to have gotten an arrest warrant from a chief magistrate known as I.I Kolawole, a name that does not exist in the Lagos State judiciary.”

He was detained since his arrest without being charged to court, thereby violating his fundamental human rights and right to his freedom of movement as stipulated in the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.