A branch manager of Stanbic IBTC Plc, Mrs Tomi Offor has been dragged before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court, Igbosere, for allegedly giving false information to the police, which culminated in the false imprisonment of the bank’s customer.
Mrs Offor who is the branch manager of the bank at Awolowo Road, Ikoyi ,was dragged before the court by an automobile expert, Mr. Ogunmuyiwa Sanni, through his counsel, Gideon Okebu, of GM George-Taylor & Co.
Joined in the suit as co-defendants are the bank, a police officer, Mr. Winko Festus, and one other.
In his claim, Mr. Sanni ,gave details of how he was engaged by the bank manager, Mrs. Offor in January, 2019 to repair her vehicle, but she allegedly breached the agreement by failing to pay him for his services.
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The claimant said that in his attempt to collect money for the service rendered to the defendant ,he was arrested at the bank on the instruction of the bank manager, on the allegations of kidnapping and threat to life.
The prayers of the claimant before the court include: an order that the refusal of the defendants to pay him for the repairs effected on the bank manager’s car, despite several demands, constituted a breach of contract.
“An order that Offor, the bank and Festus ,are jointly and severally liable for false imprisonment, to wit; making a spurious and false complaint to the Police which culminated in the restrain of Sanni at bank’s premises on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi , for hours before being further detained at police headquarters, Kan Salem, Obalanlede.
“An order directing the trio to pay the sum of N 2.5 million for the wrongful/false imprisonment of the claimant, upon a fabricated complaint.
An order directing the publication of formal letters of apology in two Newspapers and an order directing the Defendants to pay the cost of the suit.
In responding to Sanni’s suit, Stanbic IBTC exonerated itself of any wrongdoings, stating that the case was between its official and the claimant. While Offor denied all the claimant’s averments
The case has been fixed for hearing on March 24, 2020
Philomena Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.