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Businessman Sue Police Over Human Rights Infringement

Yakubu Wuyep, Jos

A Jos based businessman, 48, yesterday sued the Plateau state commissioner of Police and two others before a Jos Federal High Court and demanded for N1 m as damages. The businessman, Alhaji Hams Salisu, who owes his business partner, one Alhaji Nasiru, the third respondent, the sum of N220, 000, told the court that he was arrested and detained for two days by the police over the said debt.

In an affidavit, the Plaintiff explained that he had paid N90, 000 to Nasiru through the police, who sometimes in late may arrested and detained him for two days under a terrible condition in demand for the balance of N220, 000. Mr Badamosi Adams, the Plaintiff counsel, described the arrest and detention of his client as a violation of his fundamental human rights. “The action of the police was an infringement of Salisu’s fundamental rights as contained in section 4 of 1999 constitution of Nigeria, “ the motion stated.

In his motion, Salisu, prayed the court to declare that it was wrong in law for the police to arrest him and demand for debt recovery since they are not debtcollectors. He also prayed the court to compel the commissioner of Police to pay salisu the sum of N1 million as damages for infringing on his fundamental rights as a citizen of Nigeria. The plaintiff also prayed the court to restrain the respondents from further arrest and detention of the plaintiff over the said debt. When the case came up before Justice Abrose Allagoa, Counsel to the Plaintiff, Barrister Adams Badamosi, told the court, the third respondent, Nasiru had been evading service of the originating summon and demanded for more time in order to serve him. The judge then adjourned the cased to July 2 for further mention.

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