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Court orders police, bank pay for torture, unlawful arrest

Published on November 4, 2013 by   ·   No Comments

He said that his boss accused him of stealing her hand bag from the car while she was away, called him a thief and raised an alarm that attracted a crowd.

He said the police did not deny the alleged torture, but said it was the applicant’s “personal knowledge’’.

Mr Ikwut-Ukwa Henry, counsel to the applicant said that the judgment would stop police impunity.

Amaefule said that he would have been mobbed if it were to be in Aba, Abia state, due to the false alarm, adding that the bag was later found in one of the places the respondent transacted business.

He described the petition to the police by Mrs Nkiru Nnabuihe, former Eleme branch manager of the bank on which the applicant was arrested as “frivolous’’.

Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police: court sanctions police for torture and unlawful arrest

He said that due to the false alarm that could have ended his life, he drove his boss to Olu Obasanjo Police Station for accusing him wrongly.

He said that the Deputy Commissioner in charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) and his officers tortured him in the commissioner’s office.

Justice Joseph Mbor, who gave the order on Monday in Oyigbo, said the arrest, detention and torture of the applicant, Mr Success Amaefule, was unlawful.

Mbor said the bank manager (fourth respondent) and the bank (5th respondent) were responsible for the fate of the applicant at the SCID.

But the police, the bank branch manager and the bank had argued that the applicant threatened to kidnap the 4th respondent, Nnabuihe, and that he belonged to a secret cult.

Amaefule added that the torture was to force him to write a confessional statement that he threatened to kidnap the manager.

Mbor said that torture should not be an instrument of police investigation and wondered why police detained the applicant for 12 days.

Mohammed Abubakar, Inspector General of Police: court sanctions police for torture and unlawful arrest

The trouble started when the applicant drove the manager to Sangana Street, Port Harcourt for official business, but forgot her hand bag in a shop.

“The police played pranks by not disclosing where the applicant was arrested. The police cannot walk into a bank and arrest a person without the bank knowing about it. The bank and police should stop insulting the court’s intelligence,’’ Mbor said.

A Nigerian High court in Oyigbo, Rivers state, has ordered the police and Main Street bank to pay N5 million as damages to an ex-employee of the bank.

The Judge said the nearest court to the State Criminal and Investigation Department (SCID) was two kilometers away and decried police actions.

Mbor said that the statement of all the respondents were at variance but “embellished’’.

The ex-employee had demanded for N1million compensation for the damages done to his image and publication in the media to correct the impression.

Amaefule, who was a driver to the bank, had told the court that he was arrested by the police in May and detained for 12 days and tortured.

He said that he was later suspended from work; his three months salaries seized and arrested at the Aba road branch of the bank, having been called for settlement.

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