Mrs. Ngozi Umeadi’ s wrongful arrest, torture, and ongoing detention have been challenged in a basic rights complaint filed in the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Gudu Judicial Division, Abuja, since February 2021.
Umeadi’ s arrest and continued detention by operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Unit, previously led by suspended Deputy Police Commissioner Abba Kyari, was declared illegal and a gross violation of her fundamental human rights by Justice Modupe Osho- Adebiyi on Thursday.
The court further ordered her immediate and unconditional release from custody, as well as exemplary and aggravated damages against the police in the amount of N50, 000, 000. 00 (Fifty Million Naira Only) as recompense.
The court also ordered that the police issue an unconditional apology to Mrs Umeadi, which would be published in two national daily.
In August, SaharaReporters alleged that the Inspector- General of Police Intelligence Response Team, then led by Kyari, now suspended, extorted at least N1 million apiece from seven suspected Indigenous People of Biafra members (IPOB).
The seven suspects were among more than 50 people apprehended in raids across the Southeast.
The IPOB suspects were raided by the Kyari- led team between March and June 2021, hauled away to Abuja, and held at the notoriously known as ” Abattoir” former Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad headquarters in Abuja.
According to one of the lawyers handling the inmates’ cases, the police squad led by Kyari extorted between N1 million and N1. 5 million each from the defendants who were later released.
Those who couldn’ t pay the bribes were kept in cages, including four married ladies, it was discovered.
Mrs Ngozi Umeadi, a nursing mother arrested at a hospital in Onitsha (Anambra State) where she was receiving postpartum treatment, is one of those women.
Counsel for equally incarcerated Nnamdi Kanu, head of the IPOB, Ejiofor Ifeanyi, commented on the decision ” We will go to great lengths to ensure that the conditions of this ruling are followed to the letter.
” While other other applications impacting those remaining in this category are being processed in court, we will be quickly following up on prompt compliance with these terms of judgment. Do not give up.
” Be assured, however, that justice can only be postponed, not denied. All those who have been wrongfully arrested and detained by Nigeria’ s lawless security forces will be brought to justice.
” We are not going to back down. Once the visit is completed, we will update our indefatigable client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on the outcome of today’ s visit. The future looks quite promising.
” With your help and prayers, we’ ll be able to overcome the seemingly insurmountable by utilizing the existing judicial and civil processes. We have God’ s help. Thank you, and may God continue to bless you. “