Illegal detention: Anambra panel beater drags IGP, CP, others to court

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Illegal detention: Anambra panel beater drags IGP, CP, others to court

A panel beater in Anambra State, Friday Onyeobi, has dragged the Inspector General of Police ( IGP),  Kayode Egbetokun, the commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Aderemi Adeoye, the Commander, Special Anti-cult Squad, Obosi to court for infringing on his  fundamental rights by arresting, detaining and torturing him for five days, from July 4, to July 8, 2023.

In the reliefs Onyeobi who hails from Nsugbe, Anambra East Local Government Area of the State sought through his lawyer, Mr. Callistus Mmagu Esq. asked for the sum of N25m compensation being general and exemplary damages.

He also asked the court to declare that his arrest, torture, and detention at Special Anticult Squad, Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area  of Anambra State constituted a “gross violation of the applicant’s fundamental rights to dignity of human person, personal liberty and freedom of movement.

Onyeobi also pleaded with the court to grant an injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, servants, privies, and hirelings  from further  arresting, detaining, harassing and intimidating him as well as make other orders as the court might deem fit.

The panel beater was arrested when a Toyota Rav-4 jeep with registration number KSF776CQ bought, refurbished and entrusted to him to sale by his friend, Mr. Esiobi Okwudili, was stolen  where it was parked at Omagba Phase11, Onitsha on June 19, 2023.

Esiobi who procured the services of  SPACs, Obosi had earlier taken Onyeobi to two native doctors at Nsugbe and Awkuzu both in Anambra State.

The Anticult Police squad, said Onyeobi’s lawyer, chained his left hand with his left leg, and right hand with his right leg together.

Onyeobi’s lawyer said: They hung him on a pole like a goal post, where they loaded four six inch solid blocks on his back, forcing him to confess that he stole the vehicle, so that he would be released.

When he refused to agree with them, Onyeobi was brought down but he was already at the point of death especially when they loaded the fourth blocks on him.

He was later released on bail after he paid twenty thousand naira (N20,000) to the Police.

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