Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.

By Uchendu Mark – Rivers

A federal high court sitting in Port Harcourt has struck out a case of human right violation against the Inspector General of Police, Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Commander of E-crack Mile one Diobu over the alleged murder of an auto mechanic, Chima Ikwunado and torture of four others.

Adaugo Chima-Ikwunado, wife of late Chima Ikwunado, and Chima’s father, Kelvin Ikwunado, had approached the court for enforcement of fundamental human right against the defendants over alleged torture and murder of late Chima Ikwunado and four others who were allegedly badly tortured by men of E-Crack.

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The Court struck out the suit after Counsel representing the applicants, Princess Lawrence applied to withdraw the suits due to errors in her applications, which was opposed by counsel to the respondents also filed an application seeking the court to dismiss the suits as it is an abuse of court process.

Presiding Judge, Justice James Omotosho after listening to Counsels in the matter struck out the suits saying that the application of the defense counsel does not seek Justice for the life of the deceased that was cut short, but for people still living.

Justice Omotosho further explained that the application of the defense counsel has bridged the right to life of the deceased and refused to grant the application by the Police Counsel seeking to dismiss the case, on grounds that the Police Counsel filed their counter affidavit out of time and at such has no merit.

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Counsel to Nigeria Police Force and its officers, Sokari Egop insisted that the suit was an abuse of court process, expressing mixed feelings over what could be the next action of the applicants now that the suit was only struck out.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the wife of the late Chima Ikwunado and his father, Princess Lawrence declined to speak on the position of the court and her next line of action.