The Court of Appeal, Lagos division, on Thursday threw out an appeal filed by the suspected kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, (a.ka. Evans) against the ruling of a Federal High Court, Lagos which dismissed his Fundamental Right Enforcement suit for lacking in merit.
Justice A.U. Ogakwu, who read the lead judgement, said that “the appeal lacks merit and is hereby dismissed with no order of cost.”
Evans, in the twilight of his arrest and detention had approached a Federal High Court, Lagos, challenging his arrest and detention beyond the time allowed by law, his continued detention without trial or being arraigned before a court of law within the time allowed by law and his subjection to media trial by the Police.
However, the police who was represented by Barrister Emmanuel Eze, a Police Inspector from the State Intelligence and Criminal Investigation Department, SICID, Panti, Lagos filed and argued the respondent’s counter-affidavit and written address while Mr Olukoya Ogungbeje argued the plaintiff’s motion.
While delivering judegment on the Onwuamadike’s application at the lower court, the trial judge, Justice Abdulazeez Anka, had on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, dismissed the Fundamental Right Enforcement suit on the ground that the suit lacks merit.
Dissatisfied with the ruling of Justice Anka, Onwuamadike (appellant) had filed a Notice of Appeal before the Lagos division of the Court of Appeal on January 29, 2018.