By Austin Ogwuda
Asabaâ€”A Kwale-based legal practitioner, Mr. Nelson Enumah has filed a motion seeking for an order of court to commit his judgment debtors, Delta Commissioner of Police and three other police officers to prison for failing to comply with an order of the court ordering them, Police,Â to pay him N.2m damages as well as returning his seized car.
A Delta State High Court sitting in Kwale, had on June 4, last year, ordered the Delta State Police Commissioner, a Divisional Police Officer, DPO,Â and an Investigating Police Officer, IPO,Â to pay the sum of N200,000 to Mr.Â Enumah, as â€œaggravated and exemplary damagesâ€ for unlawfully arresting and detaining him and his personal car.
Trial judge in the matter isÂ Justice G.B. Briki-Okolosi. The contempt motion will be heard today.
The motion seeks to commit the defendants â€œto prison custody for having failed to obey the order/judgment of thisÂ courtÂ delivered onÂ 4 JuneÂ 2009, by which order this court among other things directed the parties sought to be committed to prison to hand over the Mercedes Benz car model 190E with engine and chassis numbers 10296212060486 and WDB2010241F32685 respectively, together with the keys and original car particulars impounded along with the said car to the applicant forthwith.â€
According to the lawyerÂ â€œthe parties sought to be committed having been in contempt since 10 July 2008, are liable to be committed to prisons to serve as deterrent to other overzealous and criminally-minded uniform public officers, who disobey court orders at will particular orders made against them.â€ Efforts to reach the State police commandâ€™s spokesman, Mr. Charles Muka, over the development proved abortive as he was said to be attending a crucial meeting with the CP as at press time.