A Benin High Court on Friday awarded five million Naira out of a five hundred million Naira relief, as damages against the Nigeria Police, for unlawful detention of a Benin based Human right Activist, Mr. David Ugolor in connection with the murder of the personal secretary to the Governor of the state Mr Oyerinde Olaitan.
The Court also ordered the Police to stop forthwith any further arrest of the applicant.
The judgment followed an earlier ruling by the court on August 16 2012 wherein it ordered the immediate release of the activist.
Justice Esther Edigin in her ruling observed that two weeks after the order, the Police held on to him explaining that it was not properly served.
Besides the security operatives sought for an extension of the time to enable it respond to the motion on notice brought against it by counsel to Applicant , Mr Olayiwola Afolabi.
Afolabi had in the motion for deformation of the Character and breach of Fundamental Human rights of the Applicant stated that the Respondent had in continued to violate the Rights of the applicant even when the operatives of the Sate Security service had paraded the alleged killers of the slain secretary
Reacting to the Ruling Counsel to the Police Mr. David Abuo expressed disaffection announcing that the defendant will appeal the judgment saying there was no proper application upon which the court should have acted.
On his part the counsel to the Applicant Mr. Olayiwola AFolabi expressed appreciation to the Court saying once again the Judiciary has proven to be the last hope of the common Man.
Mr. David Ugolor was picked up by the Police on July 27th after one of the suspects in its custody allegedly identified him during a parade as an accomplice in the murder of the private secretary to the Governor, Mr. Adams Aliu Oshiomhole.