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Musician files fundamental rights action against police


Victoe Essiet. PHOTO: victoressiet

Victoe Essiet. PHOTO: victoressiet

AFRICA Meets Reggae International Limited  and Victor T. Essiet, a musician popularly known as the “Mandators” has filed a legal action in the High Court of Ikeja, Lagos against the Inspector General of police.

Other respondents are the Commissioner of police Lagos state, the O/C SARS Ikeja,  SUPOL NDA and Morris Etim.
The applicants alleged brutality and abused of constitutional right and dignity.

In the suit which is before Justice Akinkugbe,  the applicants, are seeking an order preventing the respondents from re-arresting the second applicant (Essien) for a dispute arising from purely commercial transaction.

They also want the court to restrain them, their agents, privies, servants and officers from further arresting, harassing, torturing or detaining him in any way howsoever on account of the commercial transaction.

They are also seeking an award of N1billion only against the respondents jointly or severally as exemplary damages for the unwarranted infringement of his fundamental rights.

At the hearing of the matter, the respondents were not  present  or represented by counsel in the court.

The case was thereafter adjourned  to the May 19, 2015.

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