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UMEZINNE
V.
A.G FEDERATION & ORS

(2019) JELR 57913 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.428/2010 ·  10 May 2019 ·  Nigeria
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Other Citations
Umezinne v. A.-G., Fed (2019) 11 NWLR (Pt. 1683) 358
CORAM
IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD, JSC; KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN, JSC; AMIRU SANUSI, JSC; EJEMBI EKO, JSC; PAUL ADAMU GALUMJE, J-SCustice of the Supreme Court

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Core Terms Beta
appellant
order
lower court
court of appeal rules
11th march
record of appeal
brief of argument
fair hearing
want of prosecution
hearing notice
inherent powers
record
respondents
14th april
court of appeal
ejembi eko
federal high court
nigerian navy
notice of appeal
cause list
11th august
court of appeal act
filing of the notice of appeal
full jurisdiction
rules
4th respondent
competent court of law
decision of the federal high court
deponent of the supporting affidavit
detention of the appellant
enforcement of his fundamental right
equal opportunities
express provisions of the court of appeal rules
final decision of the high court of appeal
fundamental rights
kudirat motonmori olatokunbo kekere-ekun
leading judgment
miscarriage of justice
registrar of the federal high court
said hearing notice
said rules
sanctions of a court of law
second issue
state v
transmission of the record of appeal
trial federal high court

EJEMBI EKO, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): At the Federal High Court, holden at Lagos, the Appellant was the applicant seeking, against the respondents herein, the enforcement of his fundamental right to personal liberty. He had alleged that he was arrested, detained and continually detained at Force CID Alagbon, Ikoyi Lagos without any charge and/or being informed of the offence he allegedly committed. He was arrested by officers of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) on 11th August, 2005 at about 6.45pm on the Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos while driving in the same car with his lawyer, Babatunde Kehinde. As at the date he commenced the proceedings at the Federal High Court he was still being held in the Police Custody. It was alleged, in the affidavit supporting his application for enforcement of his fundamental right, that the officers of NAFDAC demanded that he paid them ₦500,000.00 "for laboratory analysis of some samples of cosmetic products which…

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