Police IG, Others Sued For N10bn By Ubah
The chairman of Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Dr Ifeanyi Ubah has filed a N10billion suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos against the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar and three others for alleged infringement of his fundamental rights.
Ubah filed the application through his counsel, R.A. Oluyede, seeking an order of the court setting aside an alleged interim report issued by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit dated November 2, 2012.
In his originating motion, the applicant claimed that the interim report in which the second respondent (CP, SFU) had purportedly stated that he will be arraigned on a prima facie case of money laundering and criminal conspiracy, amounted to prosecutorial misconduct.
He also claimed that another report dated November 3, where it was stated that the report will be submitted in a case of stealing and economic sabotage against him amounted to a breach of his fundamental right.
The applicant is seeking a compensatory damage of N10bn to be paid by all respondents jointly and severally, for the injury he suffered as a result of his detention at the Ikoyi office of the second respondent for 10 days.
He also sought a declaration nullifying the report made by the presidential committee on verification of oil subsidy payment to petroleum marketers, in which he was portrayed as being involved in money laundering and stealing.
He is therefore seeking an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the IGP and CP SFU, from further harassing, arresting or instituting a criminal process against him.
The presiding judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke adjourned the matter to January 29 to enable parties prepare their processes for judgement.