Tuesday 23 October 2018

Court orders Nigerian Police to pay N50 Million to Charly Boy

A Federal High Court in Abuja has on Monday ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N50 million to Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy.
According to Mr Oputa's lawyer, Inihebe Effiong, Justice John Tsoho also asked the police to publish an apology in two national newspapers to his client.

Charly Boy, accused the police of invading the Unity Fountain in Abuja on August 8, 2017 to attack him and his group with teargas canister and wild police dogs. This was during the 'Resume or Resign' protest he led with other activists against prolonged absence of President Muhammadu Buhari from Nigeria.

Giving the account of the judgement, Mr Effiong said the court held that protest is a constitutionally guaranteed right provided it is done peacefully.

He said "The respondents admitted in their counter affidavit that it was in the bid to protect members of the public and public properties from the miscreants who suddenly took over the protest that the men and officers of the respondents had to use teargas canisters and hot water canon in order to disperse the hoodlums. But that the rRespondents stated that the teargas and water canon were not directed at the applicant. This assertion according to the court, lacks substance as teargas circulates and affects all persons within the premises. And the atmosphere generally affected which causes cough. "The court found that the applicant has disclosed a reasonable cause of action against the respondents and that the respondents violated the fundamental rights of the applicant to dignity of the human person, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association as enshrined in Sections 34, 39, and 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended)."

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