March 1, 2019

Court orders JTF to pay N1m as damages to nursing mother over illegal detention

By Emem Idio

A Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa presided over by Justice (Mrs) A. O. Awogboro, yesterday ordered the Joint Task Force, coded named Operation Delta Safe, OPDS, to pay the sum of N1million as damages to a nursing mother, one Mrs Yeibra Esingha for illegal detention.

In suit number FHC/YNG/CS/1/2019 on fundamental rights enforcement filed by her counsel Mr Victor Gbafe, between the Commander of OPDS, Rear Admiral A. O. Sulieman and the applicant Mrs Yeibra Esinghan she had prayed the court to declare her arrest and detention as illegal and an order for her immediate release from the OPDS detention and a restraining order against her arrest and detention.

According to a twelve paragraphs affidavit, the applicant was arrested on December 31, 2018 by OPDS operatives in Mbiama Town , Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State as a bait to compel her husband’s friend to turn himself in for interrogation.