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Bus Driver Detained For Six Years Wins N10m Against Nigeria Police

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Kanu Okoronkwo Silas
Abia State University
Political Science
200Level, Nigeria.
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A bus driver who was detained for
6 years without trial, has won a
N10m lawsuit against the Nigerian
Police at the Federal High Court in
Lagos on Monday. The commercial
bus driver, Jones Ofori who was
detained for an alleged robbery
without trial since 2013, had his
counter lawsuit filed on his behalf
by his lawyer, Adewale Fadipe.
He was reportedly arrested by the
police in 2013 after a bus given to
him by his employer, one Mr
Ikechukwu, went missing from
where he parked it overnight in the
Ajah area of Lagos.Jones who was
first detained for two weeks at the
Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah after a
complaint was made; was
subsequently transferred to the
office of the Special Anti-Robbery
Squad in Ikeja, where he was
further detained for two weeks.
However after he was charged with
robbery before a state’s
magistrate’s court which remanded
him in prison custody, he was kept
in prison and never arraigned
again. Justice Muslim Hassan who
ruled on the case in which the bus
driver detained for six years won
N10m against the Nigerian police,
said he had no other option but to
grant the relief sought by Ofori
because his arrest and detention
without trial violated his
fundamental rights

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