A Delta State Excessive Court docket sitting in Otor-Udu in Udu Native Authorities Space has granted the prayers of three journalists who had been allegedly unlawfully arrested and detained by the Inspector-Basic of Police Monitoring Crew.
The Court docket presided over by Hon. Justice R.D. Harriman (Mrs.) granted the prayers in Swimsuit Numbers, OUHC/FHR/85/2020, OUHC/FHR/86/2020 and OUHC/FHR/87/2020 after it heard the Counsel to the three journalists, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq.
The Court docket additional adjourned the matter to 22/7/2020 for adoption.
Mr. Ikimi in a “Movement Ex-parte” filed on 11/6/2020 had approached the Court docket on behalf of the three journalists for, “An order for depart to serve the originating course of and different supporting processes within the Swimsuit outdoors Delta State within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on the first,2nd and third respondents whose deal with for service is at Louis Edet Home, Power Headquarters, Abuja.
“An order granting depart to the Candidates to service on the first, 2nd and third respondents all the method filed on this go well with by courier.
“An order granting depart to the Candidates to service for the 2nd and third go well with meant third respondents by means of the first respondent.
“An order deeming the service in prayers 2 and three as correct service, the suitable submitting charges having been paid and different such orders.”
The journalists, Mr. Matthew Omonigho, Mr. Onyekachukwu Meluwa and Mr. Christopher Odamah had approached the Court docket for the enforcement of their basic rights in separate fits.
The Journalists are demanding ten million naira every as damages with an apology rendered to them.
It will be recalled that the IGP Monitoring staff on Might 26 tracked the cell phone of Mr. Matthew Omonigho, Day by day Submit Newspaper Correspondent in Warri to the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
They (IGP Crew) tore his trouser, reduce his belt, assaulted, harassed and embarrassed him earlier than he was whisked to the Warri Space Command of the Nigeria Police Power.
He was later informed that he was arrested for having hyperlink along with his colleague, Mr. Cletus Opukeme, Writer/Editor of Day by day Watch Newspaper whom they had been in search of to arrest as a result of he additionally had a hyperlink with one other suspect they had been in search of.
Within the course of, 4 different journalists together with Mr. Edeki Igafe of Information Company of Nigeria, NAN, and Mr. Francis Sadhere of BusinessDay Newspaper had been additionally arrested, with Mr. Onyekachukwu Meluwa and Mr. Christopher Odamah of Punch and Trumpet Newspapers respectively, additionally held.
They had been later launched after an administrative bail of 1 million naira was signed by Mr. Onyekachukwu Meluwa with the intervention of the Commissioner of Police, CP Mohammed Hafiz Inuwa.
He was allowed to signal the bail bond as a result of Cletus Opukeme’s quantity was not present in his cell phone.