Evans files fresh charges against IG, seeks N300m damages

Over his alleged illegal detention Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, a.k.a. Evans, detained kidnapper has again dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos.

In the new suit filed yesterday by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, Evans is claiming N300 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for alleged illegal detention and unconstitutional media trial.
Joined as respondents in his new originating motion are the Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
Evans had on Wednesday filed an ex parte application with reference number FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, before the same court, seeking an order directing the respondents to charge him to court. He had also in the alternative, sought an order directing the respondents to release him unconditionally, where no charge is preferred against him.
In an affidavit deposed to by his father, Mr. Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.
Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded a fair hearing before a court of law.
He is also seeking a declaration that his parade on June 11 before journalists in Lagos, at the Lagos Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja, without any court order, is unconstitutional and illegal and compelling the respondents to jointly and severally, pay him the sum of N300 million as exemplary damages for illegal detention and alleged harm caused by the alleged media trial. No date has been fixed for hearing in his latest suit.

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