Suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadikea.k.a. Evans, has dragged the Inspector General of Police, and three others before a Federal High Court in Lagos over alleged illegal detention.
The plea was contained in a fundamental rights enforcement suit he filed at the court on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.
Those who were included as respondents are the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police Lagos State, and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Lagos State Police Command.
In his fundamental rights suit filed by his lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje, the kidnap kingpin pleaded with the court to coerce the police to either charge him to court immediately or release him from custody unconditionally.
He further accused the police of infringing on his rights by detaining him.
In the suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1012/2017, Evans is contending that his continued detention by the respondents since June 10, without a charge, or release on bail is an infringement on his fundamental rights.
Evans, in the suit, further argued that the respondents ought to have charged him to court in accordance with the provisions of Sections 35 and 36 of the Constitution.
In a 27-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Evan’s father, Stephen Onwuamadike, it was averred that the applicant has been subjected to media trial without any court order by the respondents.
Onwuamadike further averred that the media trial and news orchestrated by the respondents have continued to generate reactions in both print and electronic media without his son being afforded fair hearing before a court of law.
The deponent also averred that since his son’s arrest, all his family members have been denied access to him while media practitioners have been granted unfettered access to him.
NAN reports that the new suit has not been assigned to any judge and no date has been fixed for the hearing.