Court Orders IGP To Produce Housewife, In-Law Whisked Away From Abuja To Kwara By Policemen

Justice M.O. Olajuwon of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Inspector-General of Police, the Nigeria Police Force and three others to produce a detained Abuja-based housewife, Mrs. Esther Stephanie S. and her in-law Mr. David I. Kpanaki on October 10, and also show cause why they should not be released on bail following their fundamental rights application alleging harassment and intimidation by security agents.

The judge gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte motion filed by the applicant’s counsel, Akintayo Balogun of Oxygen Chambers.

The IGP, Nigerian Police Force, Commissioner of Police, Kwara state; Superintendent Sadiq Sule and Dr. Kamoru Yusuf were listed as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respondents.

In the main suit alongside a supporting affidavit, Balogun accused the police of unlawfully arresting, dehumanizing and detaining his clients without a warrant when on August 2, 2023, operatives at about 8:30 am invaded their home at Gwarimpa, FCT, Abuja, in search of the husband of the 1st applicant, Mr. Ibrahim Shehu, but eventually arrested the wife and Kpanaki in alleged gestapo manner when they could not find her husband.