Pay N1million Compensation To Motorist Over N28,000 Extortion, Lagos Court Tells Oshodi Local Government

An Ikeja High Court has ordered Oshodi Local Government Area of Lagos to pay the sum of N1 million as compensation to a motorist, Mr Louis Idahosa for extorting him of N28,000.

Idahosa was extorted of the stated quantity for allegedly driving towards site visitors (wrong-way driving), Tribune reviews.

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Justice Obafemi Adamson stated it was not a part of the constitutional duties of native governments to impound autos and inflict traffic-related penalties on highway customers.

The decide, due to this fact, described the motion taken by the native council officers as unlawful, saying it’s opposite to basic human rights as contained in Sections 34, 36, 41(1) and 44 of the 1999 Constitution.

Apart from the award of N1 million to the applicant for breach of his proper to truthful listening to and freedom of motion, the decide ordered the native council to refund N28,000 to Idahosa and likewise gave an injunction restraining Oshodi Local Government Area from harassing highway customers.

It additionally awarded a price of N100,000 towards the counsel for Oshodi native council, Mr L. O. Mazoke.

“An Order is hereby granted directing the respondents (Oshodi LGA) to refund to the applicant (Idahosa) N28,000 which was extorted from him under the guise that he drove one-way without affording him a fair hearing.

“An Order of perpetual injunction is hereby granted restraining the respondent or its agents from harassing, threatening or arresting motorists or road users for traffic offences, imposing fines and impounding vehicles.

“Doing so is ultra vires (beyond legal power or authority) their powers outlined under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended),” Justice Adamson stated.

Idahosa had through his authorized counsel, Emmanuel Eze filed a basic human rights go well with dated September 3, 2019, towards the native authorities.

Eze informed the courtroom that Idahosa on August 28, 2019, whereas being chauffeured in his Toyota Corolla automobile with registration quantity KRD551CZ, in Oshodi/Isolo Local Government Area, they had been accosted by six males who weren’t in uniform.

“They stopped and arrested Idahosa and his driver insisted that the driver’s wrong-way driving contravened traffic laws.

They were subsequently taken into the council office.

“Idahosa insisted that if any crime had been committed, he and his driver should be arraigned in court.

“Officials of the respondent did not agree to an arraignment but resorted to harassing, intimidating and threatening them with continuous detention.

“The applicant was forced to pay N28,000 into the respondents’ treasury.

“He however discovered that only N25,000 was written on the receipt issued and upon enquiry, he was informed that the outstanding N3,000 was gate pass fee,” Eze stated.

Oshodi native council, in courtroom paperwork, nevertheless, denied ever extorting Idahosa and his chauffeur, claiming the individuals who arrested and extorted them weren’t working for the native authorities.

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