Some residents of Millenium Citi Centre Estate in Gbagada have filed a N250m fundamental rights enforcement suit against the police for their alleged unlawful arrest and detention.
The residents, in the suit they filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, joined as defendants the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and some officers of the IGP Monitoring Unit –Aliyu Abubakar, Aminu Sokoto and Sunday Daramola.
Also listed as defendants were the administrator of the estate of the late Emmanuel Ashamu family, Mrs Titi Ashamu; Mr Tunde Ashamu and Mr Amodu Fatai.
The plaintiffs in the suit are the estate’s chairman, Mr Soji Adeniji, the estate’s chief security officer, Mr William Iyeke, Mr Julius Babasola and the Registered Trustees of Millenium Citi Centre Estate.
In the suit filed through their lawyer, Kola Olapoju, the applicants sought a declaration that the policemen’s alleged invasion of their estate together with the agents and privies of the first to third respondents “is illegal, oppressive, unconstitutional, null and void and violated the applicants’ fundamental rights to freedom of Movement”.
They sought a declaration that the arrest and continued detention of Iyeke and Babasola at the IGP’s office at Louis Edet House, Abuja by men of the IG Monitoring Unit “at the instance of the first to third respondents” is illegal, oppressive, unconstitutional, null and void.