Evans The Kidnapper’s Lawyer Gives His Arrest In Court More Context- And It’s Really Good News
Some police operatives on Wednesday morning arrested a lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Ogungbeje had represented the alleged billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans.
Police operatives, said to be from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, swooped on the lawyer soon as he parked his car at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi on Wednesday morning.
Ogungbeje, who was billed to appear before the vacation judge, Justice Muslim Hassan, was immediately whisked off by the policemen.
It was gathered that the lawyer was in court on Wednesday to get a final order that would enable him to claim a sum of N400m, which the court awarded as damages against the Nigeria Police Force in favour of one Mr Ibrahim Kabiru, whose brother, Waheed Kabiru, was alleged to have been killed by the police extrajudicially sometime in November 2015.
Ogungbeje had also filed a new suit against the police demanding fresh N100m damages for the alleged “forceful seizure, abduction, arrest, beating, torture and detention of the 1st applicant (Kabiru) by five armed policemen from the SCID, Panti, Yaba.”
The lawyer claimed that policemen swooped upon his client, Kabiru, when he came for his case before Justice Hassan at the Federal High Court in Lagos on September 6.
According to him, Kabiru was bundled into a Sienna Space vehicle and taken to detention.
Ogungbeje, in the suit, argued that the police violated the fundamental rights of his client under sections 33, 34, 35, 36 and 41 of the 1999 Constitution.
The lawyer joined himself as the second plaintiff in the suit, which has as defendants, the Inspector-General of Police, the Nigeria Police Force, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, DCP Yetunde Longe, CSP Effiong Asuquo and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wole Smith.
The lawyer and his client are praying the court to make an order, “compelling the respondents to severally and jointly tender written public apology in three widely-read national daily newspapers and pay a sum of N100m as general and exemplary damages for the forceful seizure, abduction, detention, threat to life and rights, harassment and inconvenience of the applicants without cause or any court order.”
Ogungbeje, who was later released on Wednesday afternoon by the police, claimed that he was not arrested but abducted by five armed policemen.