A Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Celestine Umeh, the Nigeria Police Force and the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police have been ordered by the Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo to pay the sum of N4 million as compensation to a businessman, Clement Asuquo Etim.
SaharaReporters had reported how Etim, was arrested, detained and tortured for 3 days after he caught Umeh within the night time in his matrimonial dwelling at Aba Ukpo Estate in Uyo.
In a 46-page courtroom doc filed in May 2020, Etim acknowledged that Umeh, who’s now the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) answerable for Itu Division in Akwa Ibom State, violated his basic proper to personal and household life assured by Section 37 of the Nigerian Constitution when he intruded into his matrimonial dwelling in his absence at Aba Ukpo Estate in Uyo to be along with his spouse, Mrs Laurentia Asuquo Etim.
A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, who represented Mr Etim filed the lawsuit with Suit No: HU/FHR.72/2020 on the High Court of Akwa Ibom State, and requested the courtroom to implement the basic rights of his shopper to dignity of the human particular person, private liberty, non-public and household lives and freedom of motion.
In a judgement delivered on Monday, August 16, 2021, the presiding decide, Justice Charles Ikpe, discovered that the police violated the basic proper of the Applicant to non-public liberty by detaining him for 3 days with out justification.
The decide additionally discovered that Mr Etim was tortured by the Police, which quantities to a violation of his proper to dignity of the human particular person.
Also, the courtroom discovered CSP Umeh liable of violation of the basic proper of the Applicant to personal and household life by intruding into the matrimonial dwelling of Mr Etim with out his consent.
The courtroom restrained the police from arresting the Applicant besides by the order of a courtroom.
In his response to the judgment given in his shopper’s favour, the Applicant’s counsel, Effiong stated the judgement is a reminder that the courtroom stays the solace of the oppressed.
Effiong counseled the decide for his trade and the lucidity expressed within the judgment.