Detention of Lawyer, Shamsudeen Musa is Unlawful, Illegal: Court Orders Unconditional Release of his Belongings, Awards N10m Damages Against Police
An high Court sitting in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory has ordered the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali to release the belongings of a Kano based lawyer, Shamsudeen Musa (AKA Kainuwa) unconditionally.
Delivering his judgment, Hon. Justice Eleojo Enenche of the FCT High Court declared the detention of Musa by the police as being unlawful, unconstitutional, illegal and a violation of his fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution, was awarded the sum of 10 million Naira as compensation for his unlawful, unconstitutional arrest and detention.
The court also ordered that 2.8 million naira; 181,000 naira and the Lexus jeep which the police unduly collected from the Lawyer be refunded and released to him immediately.
Shamsudeen Musa was detained by the police for about 105 days of last year, for services rendered to a client in his professional capacity, on the allegation that the professional fees paid him were proceeds from fraud.
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It would be recalled that a statement by Abu Ruqqayah in 2022, revealed that the FCT High Court had on July, 25th 2022 granted Musa bail but the police denied, rejected and refused to obey the order.
He was eventually granted bail on the 18th of August, 2022 but the sums of money and car unduly collected from him by the police officers handling the matter, were retained.
An application filed by Shamsudeen’s team of lawyers, headed by Al-Bashir L. Likko, Esq. prayed the court to grant orders directing the police to return his belongings unconditionally and the sum of 250 million naira as general, exemplary and aggravated damages against the respondents in the suit. The court thereafter ruled in favour of the applicant but awarded the sum 10 million naira as damages against the respondents.
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