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Court orders police to pay Evans brother-in-law N2million for illegal detention

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A report by The Punch indicates that a Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday,October 23, entered judgment against the Nigeria Police Force in the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by one Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechinasaid to be the brother-in-law of Evans.

The arrest and trial of Evans had created a buzz across the nationIn a judgment read in court, Justice Mohammed Idris declared Obiechina’s arrest and detention as unconstitutional, holding that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates’ court was invalid.

Apart from ordering the police to immediately release Obiechina unconditionally or charge him to court ifthey have any case against him, the court also awarded N2million damages in his favour against the police.

The judge also ordered the police to tender a public apology to Obiechina to be published in two national dailies.

Meanwhile, the controller of prisons in Lagos, Tunde Ladipo has said that high-profile detainees likeEvans do not get preferential treatment inside the prisoncontrary to rumours making the rounds.

According to Ladipo, there were laid-down rules that guide how prisoners should be treated.

His words:“We have rules and regulations that guide them. Evans is like every other inmate in the prison. There is nothing special about him. It is just that there is so much hype about him being a suspected kidnapper. As far as I am concerned, he is an ordinary inmate.”

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