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CP to pay businessman N1m for unlawful detention

Justice Rabi Umar of the Bauchi State High Court on Tuesday ordered the Police Commissioner in Kaduna State and the DPO in Saminaka to pay one Gideon Okoh the sum of N1 million for unlawful detention.

Passing the judgement in Bauchi, Umar said that the arrest and detention of the applicant on the orders of the DPO and on the insistence of the commissioner violated his fundamental human rights.

She therefore ordered that the duo and one Alhaji Sabo Gidan-Dutse to jointly pay the money to the applicant.

The judgment also added that apart from the N1 million, the DPO should refund additional sum of N5,000 taken from the applicant as bail money and N1,000.00 taken unlawfully.

According to Umar, the arrest and subsequent detention of Okoh based on purely civil transaction between him and Gidan-Dutse has violated the provision of Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution.

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