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Police Brutality: Man Drags Police To Court, Demands N10m In Damages

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A businessman, Mayowa Oluwanisomo, has approached the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti, demanding N10m in damages over alleged police brutality.

Also joined in the suit are a former divisional police officer (DPO) for Okeila Police Station in Ado Ekiti, now with Ido Ekiti Division, Mr Olusegun Atanda, who is the 1st respondent, another officer simply identified as Mr. Agbabiaka (2nd) and the commissioner of police (3rd).

Oluwanisomo filed the application for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights seeking an order of the court for the award of the amount for unlawful arrest, detention, harassment, intimidation and assault meted out to him on December 18 last year.

Oluwanisomo, in the suit is alleging that he was severely beaten by officers of the Nigeria Police for no offence commited.

During the hearing presided over by Justice D.U. Okorowo on Wednesday, the respondents and their lawyers were not represented in court.

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Counsel to the appelant, Mr Olorundare Oyedele, told the court that he would need a short adjournment to reply on the point of law to the new issues raised by the respondents in their counter affidavits.

In his short ruling, Justice Okorowo noted that the respondents were not in court despite the service of processes on them saying he would adjourn the suit to February 15.

He advised the counsel to the applicants to ensure the service of hearing notice on the respondents to initiate their appearance. The  judge stressed that he would invoke the rules of the court on the respondents if they failed to appear on the next adjourned date.

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