A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Gudu Judicial Division, Abuja, has declared the arrest and continued detention of Mrs. Ngozi Umeadi by the operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Unit hitherto led by Abba Kyari as illegal and gross violation of her fundamental human rights.
Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi, the presiding Judge, ordered Umeadi’s immediate and unconditional release from custody and consequently awarded exemplary and aggravated damages of N50 million against the police as reparation.
The court further directed in her judgment that the police should tender an unreserved apology to Umeadi, which must be published in two national dailies.
Recall that Umeadi, on February 16, 2020, was arrested and detained by the operatives of the IGP Intelligence Response Unit led by Abba Kyari, on the allegation that she took care of those injured during the End SARS protests staged across states of southern Nigeria.
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who also stood for the detained Ngozi Umeadi, while reacting to the judgment, vowed that no stone shall be left unturned to ensure that the terms of the judgment is carried out to the letter.
In a statement forwarded to OMADAILY on Thursday afternoon, Barrister Ejiofor said, “We shall also be speedily following up on prompt compliance with these terms of judgment, while other pending applications affecting others still in this category are being addressed in Court. Do not lose hope.
“However, be assured that justice can only be delayed but not denied. All persons illegally arrested and still being detained by the lawless Nigerian Security Agencies shall get justice.
“We are not relenting. We shall give further update on the outcome of today’s visit to our indefatigable Client-Mazi Nnamdi Kanu once the visit is concluded. The future is very bright indeed.
“With your understanding and prayers, we shall surmount all the unsurmountable using the extant judicial and civil process”.
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