By Emma Amaize
ASABA – A Delta State High Court sitting in Asaba, has ordered the Comptroller General of Prisons and two others to pay N2 million damages to Citizen Sunday Uliong for unlawful detention.
Uliong was detained at Warri Prisons for 11 months even after a court had discharged and acquitted him in a case of conspiracy and armed robbery.
Trial judge, Justice F. Owho, gave the order in his judgment in a case of unlawful detention by the applicant, brought on his behalf by a non- governmental organisation, Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence, FJHD, Warri. The court directed the respondents to make a public apology to Uliong for the infraction on his fundamental rights.
Other respondents were the Controller of Prisons and Deputy Controller of Prisons, Federal Prisons, Warri.
Justice Owho said: “I had given very anxious consideration to the facts in the current case and it is clear to me that the preliminary objection raised by the first to third respondents is of no consequence. The preliminary objection is dismissed.
“Consequently, without much ado, the applicant is entitled to the just declaratory relief sought in this application, which is that any person, who is unlawfully detained shall be entitled to compensation and public apology from the appropriate authority or person.”
It will be recalled that Uliong was discharged and acquitted in charge No. W/24C/2002, but the judgment of Justice S. Ahiwano was disobeyed.