By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Jane Echewedo
A N1 billion Naira suit has been instituted before an Ikeja high court against the former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwakwo for allegedly inciting malicious prosecution against a lawyer.
The plaintiff in the suit, a lawyer and business man, Ayoola Gam-Ikon, claimed in the suit that he was arrested by the police and prosecuted based on the allegations by the footballer, but was eventually discharged and acquitted by the court, three years after.
In the suit termed ‘malicious prosecution by the police’, Gam-Ikon said that he was on March 5, 2013 docked on a 19-count charge of fraud by the police, sequel to a complaint made by Kanu.
The claimant through his counsel, Clement Onwuenwunor, maintained that the entire charges against him were thrown out on July 30, 2015 by the trial Chief Magistrate, consequent upon the legal advice of the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions, who had absolved him of the alleged offences.
The claimant argued and insisted that he had lost valuable time, resources and years of his prime life attending court and facing trial.
He therefore urged the court to award a damage sum to the tune of N1 billion against Kanu.
The claimant further urged the court to order Kanu to pay an interest of 22 per cent on the claimed sum from December 15, 2015 till the judgment day, and 10 per cent interest on the claimed sum from judgment day till the judgment sum will be fully paid.
Gam-Ikon in his suit also argued that he was devastated by the effect of his arraignment, imprisonment in Ikoyi prison during the perfection of his bail and the pendency of a criminal charge and has been running from one hospital to the other for medical assistance owing to his debilitating ill health and has only just started showing signs of improvement.
According to him, he knew Kanu while he was a banker with the rested Gulf Bank, where, according to him, the former Super Eagles star had an account, and that he used to offer him financial and fund management advice.
Gam-Ikon further revealed that he entered into hotel business with Kanu after he quieted his job as a banker.
He explained that the former Super Eagles captain and himself incorporated The Hardley Apartments Limited on April 22, 2004 on a shareholding agreement of 70 per cent to Kanu and 30 per cent to him.
The claimant said in the course of running the business, they saw the need for expansion, prompting them to obtain a bank loan of N457m to raise the hotel to the five-star status.
He said the trouble started between him and Kanu in the course of the loan repayment, which eventually culminated into his prosecution.
The matter is yet to be assigned to a judge.