The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Monday declared the arrest and detention by the police of Mr. Okwuchukwu Obiechina – said to be the brother-in-law of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans – invalid.
Consequently, Justice Mohammed Idris, in his judgment earlier today, demanded that the Nigeria Police Force release Evans’ brother-in-law unconditionally and award him N2m damages.
The judge declared Obiechina’s arrest and detention as constitutional, holding that the remand order which the police claimed to have obtained from a magistrates’ court was invalid.
Justice Idris further directed the police to tender a public apology to Obiechina to be published in two national dailies.
The judge had fixed today to deliver judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Obiechina.
In the suit filed on last week Tuesday, Obiechina and his wife, Nzube, had challenged their illegal detention by the police, claiming they had been in detention since June 2 owing to their relationship with Evans.
The couple had listed the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, the Nigeria Police and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as co-respondents to the suit.