An Igbosere High Court sitting in Lagos, on Tuesday fixed Sept. 3 to hear application seeking to restrain the police from further violating fundamental rights of some officers of 1004 apartments.
Five executive officers of 1004 Home Owners and Residents Association (HORA), Victoria Island, Lagos brought the application against Inspector General of Police (IGP) before the vacation judge, Justice Idowu Alakija.
The applicants — Abiola Oguniyi, Edet Essien, Joy Okara, Peace Itaribo and Olanrewaju Olaniyi — brought the interlocutory application through their counsel, Mr Promise Asikpo.
The applicants were seeking to restrain the IGP and three other respondents — Akinlosi Oyelokun, Insp. Yusuf Danladi and Police Service Commission — from further harrasing and detaining them unlawfully.
He supported the application with an affidavit of urgency, urging the court to hear the applications during vacation.
Asikpo told the court that there was an imminent threat by the police to violate the fundamental rights of the applicants.
He said that the applicants were first arrested in November 2017 and in August this year, adding that it took a lot of efforts before the applicants were released.
Asikpo, however, said, “there is another order from the police inviting the applicants to Force Headquarters, Abuja.”
He therefore urged the court to hear the application during this vacation in the interest of justice.
He also asked the court to grant an application seeking to effect substituted service to the first respondent, Akinlosi, who had been evading service.
He told the court that it was this particular respondent (Akinlosi) who instigated the police to arrest all the applicants.
Justice Alakija, after listening to the applicant, said; ” orders sought by the applicant is granted.
“The application to be heard during vacation is granted and application seeking substituted service is granted.
“Prove of service shall be by photographic evidence”.
She adjourned the case until Sept. 3 for hearing of all the applications.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents of 1004 Estate had petitioned IGP over unlawful arrest and detention of some occupants by policemen claiming to be from IGP Special Tactical Squad.
In the petition, HORA alleged that five officials were unlawfully assaulted and detained for two days.
The association, comprising about 6000 residents, alleged that the unlawful harassment was instigated by a tenant, Mr Akinlosi Oyelokun, whose apartment was disconnected over alleged two years unpaid service charge and electricity theft.
According to 1004 residents, armed policemen from Force Headquarters, led by Insp.Danladi Idah Yusuf, invaded the association’s secretariat and whisked away three staff to Bar Beach Police Station on “order from above”.
The association’s executives who attempted to secure their bails were also arrested and ended up behind bars for two days along with the staff, the petition said.
The residents expressed anger that a tenant owing service charge arrears and facing allegations of hacking and electricity theft involving bypass of smart meter could simply use his connection with police to harass Innocent citizens.
Capt. Shina Akinfenwa, Chairman of 1004 HORA, then appealed to the IGP to urgently address the matter in order to save his high office from dishonour and the residents from continued harassment.