A Federal High Court, sitting in Gudu Judicial Division, Abuja, has delivered judgement in a fundamental rights suit filed to challenge the illegal arrest, torture and continued detention of Mrs. Ngozi Umeadi since February 2021.
Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi on Thursday declared Umeadi’s arrest and continued detention by the operatives of the Inspector General of Police Intelligence Response Unit, hitherto led by suspended Deputy Police Commissioner, Abba Kyari, as illegal, and a gross violation of her fundamental human rights.
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The court also ordered her immediate and unconditional release from custody, and consequently awarded exemplary and aggravated damages of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira Only) against the police as reparation.
The court further directed in her judgement that the police should tender an open apology to Mrs Umeadi, to be published in two national newspapers.
It could be recalled that the IPOB suspects were raided by the Kyari-led team between March and June 2021, whisked away to Abuja, and were detained at the former Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters, Abuja.
One of those women is Mrs Ngozi Umeadi, a nursing mother arrested at a hospital in Onitsha (Anambra State) where she was receiving postpartum care.