- The detention in police custody of Alaka Abayomi, an alleged sponsor of the Badoo cult group has been decried in a federal High Court in Lagos
- Abayomi was arrested by the police in August, 2017
- Muslim Hassan, a federal judge, said that Abayomi's detention by the police for more than 24 hours is illegal
Muslim Hassan, a federal judge in Lagos on Thursday, April 27, faulted officers of the Lagos state police command for the unlawful arrest, detention as well as parade of an alleged Badoo sponsor, Alaka Abayomi.
Delivering the ruling at the Lagos division of the federal High Court, the judge, Hassan remarked that Abayomi’s detention beyond 24 hours without a court order was unlawful, Premium Times reports.
In August, 2017 the police announced it had arrested Abayomi at his Magodo residence in response to an intelligence reports that he was working with the cult. But the suspect denied the allegations.
Tunde Ojehomon, counsel to Abayomi, then filed a suit at the federal High Court challenging his client’s arrest and detention for more than 24 hours.
Mentioned in three suit were the Inspector General of Police, the commissioner of police in Lagos and Obot Umoh, a chief superintendent of police and member of the IGP special tactical squad in the state.
The judge pointed out that despite evidence that the police were served with the suit and hearing notices, they did not appear in court to defend it.
Hassan said: “I can see that despite the hearing notice ordered by this court to be served on the respondents, no counter-affidavit was filed to controvert the claims of the plaintiff, which amount to an admission by the respondents.”
“I have read and examined the relief and the affidavit of the applicant in the instant suit, which is not contradicted, and discovered that the detention of the plaintiff herein beyond 24 hours, without an order of court, is a breach of his fundamental rights enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
“I agree that the police cannot be prevented from carrying out their constitutional duty but this must be done within the purview of the law and the constitution.”
Hassan, however, dismiss Abayomi’s plea to award exemplary damages of N500 million against the police.
He also declined his plea that the court should order the police to “publish and furnish an unreserved apology to the applicant in four national daily newspapers and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Whatsapp.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a member of the Badoo cult group had been reportedly arrested at the Irapade, Agbowa end of Lagos state as he tried to attack and kill a church congregant.
Legit.ng learnt that the white-garment church had organised a vigil and members where in the programme when the incident happened.
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