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COP, ONDO STATE & ANOR
V.
OBOLO

(1989) JELR 40270 (CA)    

Court of Appeal  ·  CA/B/175/85 ·  20 Jan 1989 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
C.O.P., Ondo State v. Obolo (1989) 5 NWLR (Pt.120)
CORAM
MICHAEL EKUNDAYO OGUNDARE Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria ISA AYO SALAMI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria AKINTOLA OLUFEMI EJIWUNMI Justice of The Court of Appeal of Nigeria

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SALAMI, JCA (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This suit was commenced in the court below under the provisions of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 1979 made in pursuant to Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1979. The applicant sought and obtained leave of the court below for enforcement of his right against the 1st and 2nd respondents who were incidentally the Commissioner of Police and Divisional Police Officer for Ondo State and Okitipupa respectively. He wanted the two officers to show cause why his fundamental rights were curtailed or violated by the two respondents. The applicant complained generally that whenever there was a case of armed robbery the police as a matter of routine would pick him up as a suspect, have him put in custody and subject him to treatments which berated his dignity. The applicant sought the following reliefs:-

(a) That he was unconstitutionally and unlawfully arrested and detained on divers dates witho…

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