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Appeal Court dismisses Evans’ N200m suit against police over seized trucks

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The Court of Appeal, Lagos Division on Thursday August 12, dismissed an appeal filed by suspected notorious kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, popularly known as Evan, against  the judgment of Justice Hadizat Rabiu-Shagari of the Federal High Court that his 25 trucks be seized by the police.

The same suit had once been dismissed in 2019, by A Lagos high court judge, Rabiu-Shagari, for lacking in merit.

Evans however, through his lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, approached the Appeal court in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/1515/17, accusing the Inspector-General of Police, Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and two others to have converted his trucks to personal use without court order. 

Other respondents are the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Inspector-General of Police Response Team (IRT), and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

He requested that the court N200 million as general and exemplary damages against the police for the alleged violation of his rights under sections 36, 43, and 44 of the 1999 constitution.

However, the police, through its legal counsel, Emmanuel Eze, urged the court to dismiss the suit as the trucks were proceeds of crime and were taken as exhibits.

In counter-affidavit deposed by Inspector Haruna Idowu, it was said that  Evans acquired 11 trucks with proceeds of crime but the police recovered 10. He said the trucks were listed as exhibits in the criminal charges filed against Evans at the Lagos high court.

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