- A Lagos federal high court has asked the police to produce Okwuchukwu Obiechina, a brother-in-law to billionaire kidnapper, Evans
- Obiechina's lawyer said he has been detained by the police since June 2 and prayed the court to order his release from police detention
- He was said to have been arrested and detained solely because of his relationship with Evans
A Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has on Tuesday, October 10, ordered the Nigeria police force to produce in court Okwuchukwu Obiechina, a brother-in-law to billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumem Onwuamadike, aka Evans.
Justice Mohammed Idris directed Okwuchukwu Obiechina's lawyer to put the police on notice with an order that Obiechina must be brought before him on October 12 to show cause why the order for his immediate release should not be made, Sahara Reporters reports.
This came after Olukoya Ogungbeje, Obiechina's lawyer appeared before Justice Idris with an ex parte application seeking an order to mandate the police to free Obiechina.
The lawyer said he has been detained by the police since June 2 and prayed the court to order his release from police detention.
In a suit marked FHC/L/CS/1050/20177, Obiechina and his wife, Nzube, who is Evans’ sister sued the commissioner of police in Lagos state, the Nigeria Police Force, and the special anti-robbery squad of the Lagos state police command.
Okoliagu Abunike, who deposed a 15-paragraph affidavit in support of the ex parte application, said Obiechina was arrested by a team of policemen and was arrested and detained solely because of his relationship with Evans.
“Since June 26, 2017, the first applicant is still being detained at the detention cell of the respondents till date, even beyond the constitutionally allowed time by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Mr. Abunike said.
“The applicant has not committed any offense known to law to warrant his being arrested and detained by the operatives of the respondents.
“The applicant has not committed any offense known to law that will warrant the infringement of his right to life, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement and dignity of human person,” he argued.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Evans was accused of plotting to escape from police custody before his recent arraignment in court. According to the report, police detectives, especially those in the Intelligence Unit, got wind of the plan and aborted his plot.
As a result, the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) formed a heavy security ring around the kidnapping suspect.
Evans the kidnapper lands in Kirikiri prison after first appearance in court - on NAIJ.com TV.