Court Refuses To Set Aside N5m Judgement Against NPF & IGP, Awards N500k Cost Against Them

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Dismisses Application Against Nigeria Police to Set Aside Judgment in Mahdi Shehu’s Fundamental Right Case

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory has dismissed an application by the Respondents/Applicants (Nigerian Police Force & Inspector General of Police) seeking to set aside the judgment of the Court delivered on 18th December, 2020, which had awarded the sum of N5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira) as compensation to the Applicant/Respondent (Mr. Mahdi Shehu) against the NPF & IGP for the infringement of his fundamental human rights following his unlawful detention inter alia.

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The Court had held that Mr. Mahdi Shehu’s fundamental human rights as enshrined in Sections 34 & 35 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) was infringed upon by the NPF & IGP. Furthermore, the Court held that Mr. Mahdi Shehu is entitled to his freedom of expression to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference as protected in Section 39 of the Constitution.

The NPF & IGP had applied that the Court set aside it’s judgement on grounds of fraud, misrepresentation of facts and non-joinder of a necessary party (the Katsina State Government). Processes were exchanged, arguments canvassed by the Counsel to the NPF & IGP – Chris A. Oribhabor, Esq. and Counsel to the Mr. Mahdi Shehu – led by Madu Joe-Kyari Gadzama, Esq., and the Court consequently adjourned for Ruling.

In a well-considered Ruling, delivered in Abuja on Wednesday, 30th June, 2021, the Court, Coram Hon. Justice Hamza Muazu, agreed with the submissions of Mr. Mahdi Shehu’s Counsel and held emphatically that the application of the NPF & IGP was frivolous, misguided, and consequently dismissed same with the cost of N500,000.00 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira).

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