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Evans files fresh suit against Police, demands N1bn over sealed Lagos

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Suspected kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, aka Evans who is facing trial before different Lagos State High Courts, has again filed a fresh suit against Nigeria Police Force ( NPF ) before the Federal High Court, over alleged unlawful sealing of his property.
Evans through his lawyer, Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje had filed series of suits against NPF seeking to take possession of the defendant’s properties and to release him from custody but failed, as the court dismissed those suits.
But in another fresh attempt, Evans lawyer, Ogungbeje yesterday slammed another N1 billion damages suit against NPF, the Inspector General of Police, Intelligence Response Team, (IRT), ACP Abba Kyari and DSP Phillip Rieninwa over alleged unlawful sealing of his property in Lagos.
Ogungbeje in the new suit is praying the court for an order declaring that the forceful seizure, confiscation, and sealing of his client’s property by the respondents without any court order is illegal, wrongful and unconstitutional.
He wants an order compelling the respondents jointly and severally to immediately and unconditionally release the properties as listed in the motion papers.
In addition, he is asking the court for an order compelling the respondents to immediately and unconditionally unseal and vacate the applicants two residential houses located in a highbrow area of Magodo in Lagos.
Other reliefs are an order compelling the respondents to severally and jointly tender an apology to the applicant and to pay him the sum of N1 billion being general and exemplary damages for the alleged forceful seizure and confiscation of the applicant’s property without the court order.
A perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from tampering or taking any action against the applicant or any of his properties in relation to this case.
The applicant also wants N4 million as the cost of action against the respondents.
Some of the properties listed in the fresh suit include N50 million cash, two residential duplexes, brigade wrist-watch worth 170,000 dollars, a phone worth 30,000 dollars and five pieces of Saphono Rucci Diamond rings worth 100,000 dollars.
Others are three Italian travel bags worth 55,000 dollars, 10 Spanish shoes each worth N2.5 million, 20 KVA inverter set worth N10 million, two sets of dining table worth N8 million.
Evans had been arraigned by the police before a Lagos High Court in October 2017 on a 40-count bordering on kidnapping, robbery among other offences.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit which was filed on Tuesday about 11.35 a.m.

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