Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court, Lagos, has awarded N2million damages against the police for wrongfully detaining one Okwuchukwu Obiechina, who is said to be the brother-in-law of alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, alias Evans.
The judge said the arrest was unconstitutional and that the police remand order sought from a magistrate court was invalid.
The court ordered the suspect’s immediate release and a public apology by the police to be published in two national dailies.
Evans was said to have led a sophisticated criminal gang involved in armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, among others. He initially admitted his offences and pleaded guilty at its first arraignment. However, Evans last week changed his plea to not guilty following his arraignment on amended charges of conspiracy and kidnapping of one Dunu Donatus, a pharmacist from who he allegedly collected over 220,000 euros as ransom.