Police release seven Boko-haram suspects unlawfully detained for three years

On December 1, Justice Olajuwon issued ruling ordering police to pay the seven N15 million in compensation for their wrongful incarceration for three years without trial.

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Following their release on Tuesday in Abuja after spending more than three years in police custody, the purported Maiduguri-based Boko Haram suspects have finally received some relief.

On December 1, Justice Modupe Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted an order to release the seven innocent detainees.

Their release is scheduled for seven days after the court order has been granted.

Their lawyer, Peter Abbo, certified their release after filing and litigating a fundamental human rights enforcement suit in their favor.

On December 1, Justice Olajuwon issued ruling ordering police to pay the seven N15 million in compensation for their wrongful incarceration for three years without trial.

The accused were purportedly abandoned at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) detention center in Abbatoir, Abuja, after being apprehended inside a Maiduguri market.

In his judgment on their fundamental human rights enforcement suit, Justice Olajuwon found that the men’s detention for three years without trial was in breach of the 1999 constitution.

According to the judgment, the police behaved in bad faith by detaining the applicants for longer than the law required, specifically when there was no compelling and provable basis for an accusation of the individuals for any crime.

While finding the detention to be illegitimate, unconstitutional, and immoral, Justice Olajuwon ordered that the seven applicants be released immediately to their families.

The judge ruled that each petitioner be awarded N2 million in damages for their unlawful imprisonment, as well as N1 million in litigation costs to bring the case to a conclusion.

While validating the release, counsel for the applicants, Aboh disclosed that the inmates had just been given over to him and that they are prepared to return to Maiduguri to reconnect with their family after three years of being apart.

According to Aboh, he said

AS I AM TALKING TO YOU, THE SEVEN DETAINEES ARE HERE WITH ME HAVING JUST BEEN RELEASED ON THE ORDER OF THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT IN ABUJA ISSUED ON DECEMBER 1.

THOUGH THEIR DETENTION IS ARBITRARY, UNJUST AND UNLAWFUL, THEY ARE STILL HAPPY THAT POLICE COMPLIED WITH THE ORDER OF THE COURT AND THEY ARE IN HIGH SPIRITS SEEKING TO TRAVEL IMMEDIATELY TO MAIDUGURI WHERE THEY WERE ARRESTED

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