By Joseph Onyekwere
A Lagos landlord, Alhaji Ahmed Olorunnimbe, has slammed a N5million suit against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and three others for allegedly breaching his fundamental rights.
The businessman is also asking the court to make an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further threatening, intimidating, arresting and detaining him for no cause.
Joined as IGP’s co-respondents in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/1023/2021, and filed by his lawyer, Prince Chijioke Chinewubeze of Justice Temple (Crown Chambers), are the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Inspector Adeleke and Supol Odion respectively, all of Force CID, Annex, Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos, as second, third and fourth respondents.
The applicant’s suit before the court is brought pursuant to Sectons 33, 35, 41 and 43 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; Order 2, Rules 1 to 5 of the Fundamental Rights (enforcement procedure) Rules, 2009 and under the Court’s inherent jurisdiction.
Apart from N5 million damages, the applicant is asking the court for a declaration that the respondents are not empowered to arrest, detain, question or prosecute any person for any purported or alleged civil wrong.
A declaration that it is illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional for the respondents to examine or interpret land title documents and decide questions of title to land. And a declaration that the constant harassment, intimidation and threats of shooting, arrest and detention of him and his family members by the respondents over the issue of Title to Land, is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and a breach of their fundamental rights.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter as the respondents are yet to file any response to the applicant’s suit.