A High Court in Delta sitting in Warri, has restrained the Nigeria Police Force from harassing and arresting seven indigenes of Deghele community in Warri South West local government area pending the determination of a filed motion on notice adjourned to May 14, 2018.
Hon. Justice G.E Akperi of High Court 2 Warri, in the Warri judicial division gave the restraining orders in her rulings, following separate applications by Messrs Smart Amola, Alex Amola, Kennedy Omaghomi, Stephen Golly, Friday Omagbemi, Collins Omaghomi and Shalo Popo for the enforcement of their fundamental rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, right to freedom of movement and association.
The order of enrollment was filed against the respondents, to wit; the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Asaba.
Details of the Enrollment of Orders as filed, sought an order of interim injunction restraining the respondents by themselves or their agents or officers from arresting, molesting, intimidating, threatening, detaining, harassing and in anyway whatsoever trampling on the fundamental Human Rights of the applicants.
The injunction sought according to the appellants, was guaranteed by the provisions of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and articles 6, 20, 11 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Act, 1990.
They stated that the injunction sought was also in view of the provision of inherent jurisdiction of the honorable court pending the hearing and determination of the Motion of Notice for the Applicant’s Fundamental Human Rights and for other matters connected thereto, before the honorable court.
After due legal consideration, Justice Akperi, the presiding trail judge over the case with Suit No. W/85/FHT/ 2018, W/87/FHT/ 2018, W/88/FHT/ 2018, W/89/FHT/ 2018, W/90/FHT/ 2018, W/91/FHT/ 2018 and W/92/FHT/ 2018 held that the applications have merit and adjourned the case to 14/5/2018 for the Motion on Notice.