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Court Orders Police To Pay A Female Corper 350k After Illegal Arrest By SARS

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Court Orders Police To Pay A Female Corper 350k After Illegal Arrest By SARS

- The case of a member of the NYSC, Christopher Adole, arrested by officials of the SARS has been decided by the Federal High Court in Abuja

- The presiding judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, ordered the police to pay Adole the sum of N350,000 as compensation

- Dimgba also directed the command to pay the Adole the sum of N50,000, which represents the plaintiff’s cost of prosecuting the suit

The Federal High Court in Abuja has declared the prolonged detention of Christopher Adole, a serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the custody of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the police without charge since July 2018, as illegal, Punch reports.

The presiding judge, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in his judgment on Monday, September 24, in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed on behalf of Adole directed Ibrahim Idris, the inspector general of police, to immediately arraign the accused before any court of competent jurisdiction only on the grounds that they had any sort of allegation against him.

Dimgba ordered the police to pay a total sum of N350,000 to Adole with the sum of N300,000 representing a compensation and N50,000 as the plaintiff’s cost of prosecuting the suit.

Adole, who is serving at the bureau of public procurement in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was nabbed by men from the IGP’s monitoring unit in the force headquarters and detained at the SARS unit of the police in Abuja since July 2018.

The judge remarked that while the police had the right to arrest “upon reasonable suspicion of commission of a crime, and also to charge the person to a court within a reasonable time of 48 hours or less”, they could “only detain beyond this point only by an order of court.”

Dimgba pointed out that the police despite being served with the court’s hearing notices on three occasions to present their own side of the case, failed to file any defence or send any lawyer to court.

He ruled: “Based on the facts before me, there is no sufficient justification on the continued detention of the applicant without submitting him to the judicial process to determine his fate.”

N. A Ojile, Adole’s counsel, said that the corps member was arrested for an undisclosed offence at his Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) on Wednesday, July 4, by policemen from the IGP's monitoring unit in Force Headquarters, Abuja.

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