Abusinessman, Clement Asuquo Etim, has filed N200m fundamental rights enforcement lawsuit against the Nigeria Police Force for arresting, torturing, and framing him up for unknown offences after catching a randy senior policeman, CSP Celestine Umeh, in bed with his wife, Lawrentia Asuquo Etim.
The man joined in the suit the Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, the Officer-in-Charge of General Investigation at the State CID, SP Ekene Nwosu, and a Chief Superintendent of Police, Umeh.
SaharaReporters had earlier reported how Umeh, currently serving with the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, instigated the police to arrest, detain and frame-up Etim and two eyewitnesses on trumped-up charges after he was caught in bed with the legally married wife of Etim in Uyo, the state capital.
In a 46-page court document seen by SaharaReporters, Etim stated that Umeh violated his fundamental right to private and family life as guaranteed by Section 37 of the Nigerian constitution when he intruded into his matrimonial home at Aba Ukpo Estate in Uyo and had an amorous affair with his wife.
A Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, filed the lawsuit marked Suit No: HU/FHR.72/2020 at the High Court of Akwa Ibom State sitting in Uyo, and asked the court to enforce the fundamental rights of his client to the dignity of the human person, personal liberty, private and family life and freedom of movement.
Effiong asked the court to declare that, “The arrest and detention of the Applicant by the officers and agents of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents from 27th April 2020 till the 30th April 2020 without being charged to court for a known offence is unreasonable, unjustifiable, illegal, unconstitutional and a breach of the fundamental right of the applicant to personal liberty and freedom of movement as guaranteed by Sections 35 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Articles 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap. A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”