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Ex-Deputy Governor Receives ₦100 million from Court Case

Former Ondo State Deputy Governor, Shayi Agboola has been awarded ₦100 million compensation by a Federal High Court over rights violation by Policemen.

The actions of the Policemen who prevented the Ex-Deputy Governor from exiting the Government House between 7pm on June 20, 2020 and 9am on June 21, 2020 were seen by Justice F.A. Olubanjo of the Akure division of the Federal High Court as high disregard to the rule of law and violation of the constitutional provisions which guaranteed citizens’ the right of movement, dignity and others.

The Policemen involved in the incident claimed that Ajayi had been held over suspicion of defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

After the incident, Ajayi proceeded to sue the police over violation of rights for ₦1 billion worth of damages.

Justice Olubanjo who passed the judgement in favour of Ajayi stated that ₦100 million and not ₦1 billion was granted for the damages charge against the Police and this was to avoid similar occurence on other government officials on the bases of conducting an investigation.

The suit which was originally filled in Abuja was transferred to Akure by Justice Okon Abang on grounds of jurisdiction and was marked: FHC/AK/CS/46/2020 and tagged as a fundamental rights enforcement suit.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Magaji Buchi, Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun were all respondents of the case.

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