Court restrains IG from arresting Delta lawmaker

A Delta State High Court sitting in Ogwashi-Uku, has restrained the Inspector-General of Police and his agents from further arresting and detaining the member representing Aniocha South Constituency in Delta State House of Assembly, Mrs. Joan Mrakpo.
Meantime, the lawmaker, in another suit, is claiming N2 billion as damages for her illegal imprisonment.

Further hearing in the matter has been adjourned till April 22.

The court granted the leave sought by the applicant, Mrs. Mrakpo, to serve the originating processes and all other processes on the respondent through the office of the Commissioner of Police, Delta State.

Also joined as respondents in the suit are Emmanuel Ejiofor and Michael Ejiofor.

The lawmaker, in a petition to the Delta State Commissioner of Police, alleged that on March 31, ASP Dada Garuba, 4th respondent, arrested and detained her over allegations of kidnapping and malicious damage to property.

She claimed that Emma Ejiofor, who raised the allegations against her, had on October 1, 2011, entered Ubulu-Uku Kingdom in Aniocha South Local Government Area, with his supporters and proceeded to install Prince Edward Ofulue as the Obi of Ubulu-Uku in an attempt to unseat the reigning Obi, Edward Ofolue III.

The community, Mrakpo said, resisted the attempt to install Prince Okwuchukwu, a situation that resulted in serious crisis before her attention was drawn to it.

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