For demolishing his family’s four-bedroom residence, a kidnap suspect, Mr Izuchukwu Amalunwoke of Umuechem Village, in Ojoto, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, has dragged the Police authorities, including officers of the Special Anti-Robbery squad(SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force before a Federal High Court.
The suspect was asking for two hundred and ten million Naira(N210m) from the Police for the unlawfully, maliciously and unconstitutionally, “maliciously destroying a four- bedroom house of the Amalunwoke family”, specifically joined the Nigerian Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, the officer in charge of the SARS, Ichi Police Station ,among others.
The young man claimed that on 28 July, 2013, he was arrested over an allegation of kidnapping and was taken to the Ojoto Police Station in Idemili South LGA of Anambra State where one Elijah Isaiah was the Divisional Police Officer at the time
So, in the suit dated dated Sept 28, 2016, he was seeking “an order mandating the defendants to reconstruct the building or, in the alternative, an order for the defendants to pay him N60 million for the reconstruction of the said building.
He was also seeking for an order of the court mandating the defendants(police) to pay him the sum of N150million being general and exemplary damages, as well as an order mandating the defendants to “publish an apology letter in a national daily for the plaintiff’s building destroyed “.
The DPO, according to the suspect/plaintiff later handed him over to the men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad [SARS], Ichi, Ekwusigo LGA, where Mr. James Nwafor was the Officer-in-Charge, in order to have what the police had called “a discreet investigation”.
Amalunwoke stated that one Fred Adoloye was assigned his matter for investigation as the Investigation Police Officer(IPO), who alongside other officers who worked on the case, thereafter found him innocent and was released on bail.
He pointed out that shortly after, “James Nwafor was transferred out of Ichi and Mr. Eyong Obula replaced him as Officer-in-Charge.
He alleged that, “On his arrival, Mr. Obula, having met with one Mr. Michael Chukwuemeka, a man from my village, who had been instigating the allegation, resurrected the matter and, again, Obula directed the same IPO, Fred Adoloye, to conduct fresh investigation”.
He claimed that the new O/C SARS, Eyong Obula; the IPO, Fred Adoloye and Michael Chukwuemeka, working in concert with each other, went and hired a caterpillar with which they destroyed and demolished his family house on the allegation that he was a kidnapper, saying that he had been using the said house as a place where victims of kidnap were kept.
Anambra state anti-kidnapping Law 2010 stipulated that “government had the right to confiscate, destroy or turn properties belonging to kidnappers and their sponsors to some other use.”
However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) ASP Nkeiru Nwode confirmed the report, but added that the police were already studying Amalunwoke’s lawsuit.
From Chuks Collins, Awka