14 March 2018

Nigeria: Evans Urges Court to Unseal Lagos Property, Demands N1bn Damage

Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, yesterday asked the Federal High Court in Lagos to order the police authorities to unseal his property in Lagos.

Onwuamadike, who is facing trial in several court in Lagos, is also urging the court to order the police to pay him N1 billion damages as compensation for alleged unlawful sealing of the said property.

He joined as respondents in the suit filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, the Inspector General of Police, Nigeria Police, Intelligence Response Team, (IRT ), ACP Abba Kyari and DSP Phillip Rieninwa.

Evans is asking the court for a declaration that the forceful seizure, confiscation, and sealing of his property by the respondents without any court order is illegal, wrongful and unconstitutional.

He wants an order compelling the respondents jointly and severally to immediately and unconditionally release the properties as listed in the motion papers.

The applicant is further praying the court for an order compelling the respondents to immediately and unconditionally unseal and vacate the applicants two residential houses located in a highbrow area of Magodo in Lagos.

Other reliefs are an order compelling the respondents to severally and jointly tender an apology to the applicant and to pay him the sum of N1 billion being general and exemplary damages for the alleged forceful seizure and confiscation of the applicant's property without the court order.

A perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from tampering or taking any action against the applicant or any of his properties in relation to this case.

Some of the properties listed in the application include N50 million cash, two residential duplexes, brigade wrist-watch worth 170,000 dollars, a phone worth 30, 000 dollars and five pieces of Saphono Rucci Diamond rings worth 100 , 000 dollars.

Others are three Italian travel bags worth 55, 000 dollars , 10 Spanish shoes each worth N2 .5 million, 20 KVA inverter set worth N10 million , two sets of dinning table worth N8 million.

The applicant also wants N4 million as the cost of action against the respondents.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit as it has not been assigned to any judge.

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