By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti 

An Ado-Ekiti based businessman, Mayowa Oluwanisomo, has dragged a police officer, Olusegun Atanda, to a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti

Businessman drags ex-DPO, two other to court for assault

By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti 

An Ado-Ekiti based businessman, Mayowa Oluwanisomo, has dragged a police officer, Olusegun Atanda, to a Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti

over alleged unlawful arrest, detention, harassment, intimidation and assault meted out to him onDecember 18 last year. 

Atanda, the 1st Respondent, is a former Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Okeila Police Station in Ado Ekiti was sued alongside another officer simply identified as Mr. Agbabiaka (2nd) and Commissioner of Police (3rd). 

Oluwanisomo who filed the application for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights is seeking an Order of the Court for the award of N10 million as general and exemplary damages. 

When the case came up for hearing on Wednesday before the presiding judge, Justice D.U. Okorowo, the Respondents and their lawyers were not represented in court. 

Counsel to the Applicant, Olorundare Oyedele, told the Court that the Respondents have filed their counter affidavits but he would need a short adjournment to reply on point of law to the new issues raised by the Respondents. 

Justice Okorowo in a short ruling said the case was fixed for hearingon Wednesday but the Respondents were not in court despite the service of processes on them saying he would adjourn the suit to February 15. 

The judge stressed that he would invoke the rules of the Court on the Respondents if they fail to appear on the next adjourned date. 

He advised counsel to the Applicants to ensure the service of hearing notice on the Respondents to ensure appearance.  

In the affidavit in support of the Motion on Notice FH/AD/CS/2/2016, Oluwanisomo who is also a student of the Nigerian Law School, revealed that he went to see his mechanic on the day of the incident at Okeila area and his car was parked in a way that did not hinder the right of way of others. 

He averred that the 1st Respondent, who was in mufti, emerged from nowhere and deflated his tyres after which he (Atanda) beat him (Oluwanisomo) repeatedly and brought out a pistol and threatened to shoot him. 

Oluwanisomo averred further: “At the sight of the gun, all the onlookers and passersby took to their heels and fled for their dear lives. I was already on the ground and could not run or do anything to help my situation. 

“The 1st Respondent called some police officers at Okeila Police Station who further aided the vicious and violent attacks. I was violently and inhumanly beaten to stupor for no apparent or known offence after wich the police officers dragged me to the Okeila Police Station. 

“At the station, I was further beaten and made to lie down on my stomach. I was later handcuffed to the back and detained. Barrister Oladimeji Gbenga who had earlier fled at the sight of the pistol came to the police station to know what was happening. 

“He (Oladimeji) was beaten, harassed, humiliated, assaulted and dehumanized despite the fact that he informed them that he was a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.”

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