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Evans sues police, demands N1bn over sealed Lagos property

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Alleged kidnap kingpin, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, yesterday filed a fresh suit at a Federal High Court in Lagos, seeking N1 billion damages against the police over alleged unlawful sealing of his property in Lagos.

The suit, filed by his lawyer, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, has as the Nigeria Police, Inspector-General of Police, Intelligence Response Team (IRT), ACP Abba Kyari and DSP Phillip Rieninwa as respondents.

The applicant, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is seeking a declaration that the forcible seizure, confiscation and sealing of his 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, Evans is asking the court for an order compelling the respondents to immediately and unconditionally unseal and vacate the applicant’s two residential houses located at 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 forcible seizure and confiscation of the applicant’s property without 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.

Some of the properties listed in the application include N50 million cash, two residential duplex, brigade wrist-watch worth $170,000, a phone worth $30,000 and five pieces of Saphono Rucci Diamond rings worth $100,000.

 

Others are three Italian travel bags worth $55,000, 10 Spanish shoes each worth N2.5 million, 20 KVA inverter set worth N10 million, two sets of dining table worth N8 million.

The applicant also wants N4 million as cost of action against the respondents.

Evans was arraigned by the police before a Lagos High Court in October 2017 on a 40-count charge bordering on kidnapping, robbery among other offences.

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

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