BY OKONKWO EZE
ONITSHA — An Onitsha High Court in Anambra State, presided over by a vacation judge, Justice A. O. Okuma, is expected to commence hearing, Thursday, in an application for bail filed by Dr. M. N. Umenweke, Mr. F. N. Ibeh and others, counsel to the detained hotelier in Onitsha, Chief Bonaventure Mokwe.
Mokwe, the proprietor of Upper Class Hotel, Onitsha which was demolished last Thursday on the orders of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State for allegedly harbouring human heads and firearms, is currently being detained by the police at the Anambra State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) headquarters, Awkuzu, since the alleged discovery of human heads inside his hotel room.
In the suit, No. 0/2168m/13 filed before the court, Monday, Mokwe’s counsel, Umenweke, is praying the court to declare that his arrest and detention by the police and the Anambra State government is illegal and unconstitutional.
He is also asking the court to declare that his continued detention without allowing him access to his counsel and relations is unlawful and unconstitutional and that he should be released from detention.
He said the court should grant a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents and their agents from further detention, harassment and attempt on his life and property.
He further sought a declaration of court to stop further demolition of his property at Ose Okwodu and any other property belonging to him and his family as such demolition is unlawful and unconstitutional, pending the hearing and determination of the bail application.