A robbery suspect who was arrested in connection with the March 12, 2015 robbery of the Lekki branch of First City Monument Bank, Ebi Tosan, has sued the police.
One of the four suspects paraded by the police in connection with the March 12, 2015 robbery of the Lekki branch of First City Monument Bank, Ebi Tosan, has sued the police.
The 20-year-old suspect, who was arrested on April 5, 2015, claimed that it was unlawful for the police to continue to keep him in detention without admitting him to bail.
To this end, he is seeking N1m as damages.
Tosan, who was paraded by the police along with three others, Duke Odogbo, 38; Lawrence Kingsley, 31; and Ekelemo Kuete, 30 is seeking an order directing the police to immediately release him on bail.
The suspect’s lawyer, Chief S.W. Baidi, argued that the suspect’s continued detention without bail was an“infringement and curtailment of the applicant’s constitutional right to personal liberty, freedom of movement and presumption of innocence.”
Tosan is seeking a declaration that his arrest, torture and continued detention by the State Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, without bail was a violation of his human rights, preserved by sections 34(1)(a), 35(1)(4) and Section 41 of the 1999 constitution.
The suspect had on July 9 secured an order of Justice Lateefa Okunnu of a Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, directing the police to produce him in court on July 16.
On Thursday, however, when the issue came up, the police did not bring the suspect to court and his originating summons slated for hearing could not be heard.
Okunnu, while adjourning hearing of the application till October 22, however, ordered that the Lagos State Attorney General should be joined as a respondent.
She added that if there was any urgency, the applicant could appear before October 22 before another judge who would be sitting during the court’s annual vacation, which begins next week.