Ifeanyi Ubah filed a suit against Nigeria’s IGP, CEO of Access Bank and others.
A Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed January 29 for hearing of a N10 billion damages suit filed by a businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah, against the Inspector General of Police.
The Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas Ltd., Ifeanyi Ubah, filed the suit against the police boss.
Also joined as respondents are the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit, Ayotunde Ogunsakin; the Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede; and the Chairman, Coscharis Motors, Cosmas Maduka.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date to enable all parties in the suit prepare their processes for argument.
Mr. Ubah had filed the application through his counsel, R. A. Oluyede, seeking for the amount for the injury he claimed he suffered as a result of his detention at the Ikoyi office of the second respondent for 10 days.
In the suit, he is praying the court for an order setting aside an alleged interim report issued by the Commissioner of Police fraud unit dated November 2, 2012.
The applicant in his originating motion averred that the interim report in which the second respondent had purportedly stated that he would be arraigned on a prima facie case of money laundering and criminal conspiracy, amounts to prosecutorial misconduct.
He also affirmed that another report dated November 3, in which it had stated that the report would be submitted in a case of stealing and economic sabotage against him, also amounted to a breach of the applicant’s fundamental rights.
The applicant also seeks a declaration nullifying the report made by the presidential committee on verification of oil subsidy payment to oil marketers, which portrayed him as being involved in stealing and money laundering. He described the report as tainted by malice.
Mr. Ubah, therefore, sought an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents from further harassing, arresting or instituting any criminal process against him.
He also said that his alleged unlawful detention amounted to a violation of his freedom of liberty as enshrined in Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Counsel to the first respondent, Godwin Obla, informed the court that he had entered a conditional appearance in the suit.
He also told the court that he was in the process of filing a preliminary objection to the suit.
In line with the submission of counsel, Justice Aneke adjourned the matter to January 29 for hearing.
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