A Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja’ s Gudu Judicial Division has given the police N50 million in damages for arresting and detaining Ngozi Umeadi, an Indigenous People of Biafra activist.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Nnamdi Kanu’ s lawyer, praised the court’ s decision on Thursday, saying it also ordered her unconditional freedom and public apology.
Justice Modupe Osho- Adebiyi of Court No. 28, Gudu Judicial Division, Abuja, handed the verdict.
Mrs. Ngozi Umeadi had been detained, tortured, and held incommunicado since February 2021, and her lawyer had filed a fundamental rights lawsuit on her behalf.
Ngozi Umeadi’ s arrest and continuing incarceration by Operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Unit, previously led by suspended head Abba Kyari, was declared illegal and a gross breach of her fundamental Human Rights by Osho- Adebiyi.
The Court also ordered her immediate and unconditional release from custody, as well as N50 million in exemplary and aggravated damages against the police as reparation.
The police were also ordered to offer an unreserved apology to Mrs. Ngozi Umeadi, which apology would be published in two national daily according to the court.
Since February 2021, Ngozi Umeadi, a nursing mother, is claimed to have been detained at a hospital in Onitsha.
This has been a big win for the IPOB in their fight for human rights and freedom of expression in the country.
Several reports have it that so many people, most especially, IPOB members have been harassed, detained, and arrested while exercising their civic rights due to the way they are treated in the country.
However, just as IPOB has something against the Nigerian police, you have to understand that the police also have something against IPOB, but it is advisable not to take laws into one hand as we have a court of competent jurisdiction that is ready at all times to give a fair judgment.