By SAMUEL PRINCE-NNAJI
The Federal High Court has ordered the Nigerian Police force and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State to pay a N40m compensation to the President of Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori over his unlawful arrest and detention between February 17 and 18 2017 and March 10, and 13, 2017.
Justice John Tsoho gave the judgment based on the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Maikori on May 5, 2017.
Justice Tsoho in the same vain directed the respondents to pay the sum of N1, 430 to the applicant as the cost of instituting the suit.
He also held that his judgment was not meant to interfere with the ongoing trial of Makori in Kaduna.
The respondents to the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna State, the Governor of Kaduna State and the Attorney-General of Kaduna State.
According Justice Tsoho, “The arrest was improper, irregular and wrongful.
“By necessary implication, the arrest was unlawful despite being released after 24 hours.”
The Chocolate City boss was arrested on allegations of posting “inciting” tweets alleging the killing of some Southern Kaduna students by Fulani herdsmen.
Even though Makori apologized after noticing realizing that the information he passed was false the police obtained an order of arrest from a Magistrates’ court in Kaduna, hence he was arrested in Lagos on February 17.
After his arrest, the police flew Maikori to Abuja where they detained him and released him on bail on February 18.