February 26, 2024

Rights enforcement: Court dismisses Blessing Okoro’s suit against Police

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, on Tuesday pledged to tame the rising cases of kidnapping in Ogun state.

IGP Egbetokun

Nigeria social celebrity, Blessing Okoro, has lost the case she instituted against the Inspector General of Police and one Mrs. Folashade Samuel.

In the case before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, Blessing Okoro had claimed that her arrest and invitation for arrest by the Nigeria police was a violation of her fundamental human rights.

She claimed among other things that her arrest and detention was against the provision of the law as regards the protection of her rights.

She had sought a perpetual order restraining the police from tampering with her freedom.

But trial judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa in his judgment declined all her pleas
The judge held that it was evident that, the police acted on the premises of a criminal complaint lodged against her.

The judge added that the police acted within an established law to invite, cause to arrest and detained her.

The court noted that there was no evidence that the petition against her, which the police acted upon was written in bad faith or that it was fabricated.

Her application for the enforcement of fundamental human rights was subsequently dismissed by the court.