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Court restrains IG, others from arresting lawyer

By Abdulwahab Abdulah

OWERRI – Justice Florence Duroha-Igwe of an Imo State High Court sitting in Owerri has restrained the Inspector  General of Police, IGP, his  AIG in Zone 9, Umuahia; Julius Berger Plc, from arresting a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Emeka Ozoani.

Also restrained alongside the IGP and Julius Berger are ASP P.S Njoku  and DCP, both from Zone 9 police headquarters and one Peter Ogunyanwo.

Ruling on a Motion Exparte dated October 2, 2012, Justice Duroha-Igwe restrained any of the respondents or their agents from arresting Barrister Ozoani.

The order was sequel to the motion filed by the lawyer after being declared wanted by the police.

The judge upon reading through the Motion Ex-parte with the affidavit of urgency and supporting affidavit filed with a written address and the arguments of the applicant himself, ordered the defendants not to arrest the lawyer.

She ordered: “That the respondents, their agents, officers severally and jointly restrained from arresting Barrister Emeka Ozoani on the strength of the newspaper publication declaring the applicant a wanted person in respect of a suit where he is discharging his professional legal services.

“Pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for enforcement of his fundamental rights. That this order subsists pending the hearing and determination on notice.”


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