Court Directs Police to Compensate Abiola Wife with N50m in Damages

Justice Modupe Osho-Adeniyi of the FCT high court in Gudu has dominated in favor of Prof Zainab Abiola, one of the wives of the late MKO Abiola, and provided her N50 million in damages for the violation of her fundamental rights to dignity and personal liberty.

The judgment become brought in a suit (FCT/HC/CV/2431/2023) brought with the aid of Abiola towards the Inspector-general of Police (IGP).

Further to the financial compensation, the court docket directed the police to problem a public apology to the plaintiff in two country wide newspapers. Justice Osho-Adeniyi stated that the arrest of Abiola at the same time as she turned into sporting a nightgown, with out allowing her to dress decently, became now not handiest degrading however additionally a violation of her proper to personal dignity.

Abiola had taken legal movement to enforce her fundamental human rights and named the IGP, the Nigeria Police pressure, Inspector Teju Moses, and Engineer Ibrahim (son of former IGP Usman Alkali Baba) as respondents inside the case.

She alleged that cops invaded her residence in Abuja in 2022, arrested her in her nightgown, and detained her for 3 days with out trial, at some point of which she was subjected to torture.

The respondents, in their protection, claimed they had been no longer aware of the plaintiff and denied the allegations made in opposition to them. The police contended that Abiola assaulted Inspector Teju Moses and her home staff, Rebecca Enechido, at her house in Garki, Abuja, on September 20, 2022.

Within the judgment, Justice Osho-Adeniyi condemned the detention of Abiola without arraigning her in courtroom for 3 days, pointing out that it changed into a gross violation of her right to private liberty. The decide declared the detention illegal and unconstitutional, emphasizing that the arrest of Abiola in her nightgown with out allowing her to get dressed decently turned into an infringement of her proper to private dignity.

As a result, the court provided N50 million in repayment towards the primary, 2nd, and fourth respondents mutually.

Moreover, the courtroom ordered the respondents to publish a public apology to Abiola in countrywide newspapers, as required under section 35(6) of the charter of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

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