The Pere of Seimbiri Kingdom, located in the Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, HM Charles Ayemi-Botu, has taken legal action by approaching the Delta State High Court in Warri. He seeks to restrain the Commissioner of Police in the state, Wale Abbas, as well as two other individuals, from engaging in acts of harassment, intimidation, and threats towards him.
The other parties named in the lawsuit are the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Asaba, DCP Umaru Abba Mohammed, and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
The presiding judge, His Lordship Justice E. I Oritsejafor, who is serving as a Vacation Judge for the Delta South senatorial district, has issued an order to hear the ex-parte motion and the subsequent motion on notice during the vacation period.
Justice Oritsejafor’s order also dictates that the motion on notice and all subsequent legal documents in this case should be served on the third respondent (IGP) by delivering them to any officer of the Nigeria Police located at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Furthermore, concerning the second and third aspects of the motion ex-parte, the judge has ruled that they will be considered alongside the motion on notice. The hearing for the motion on notice, accompanied by the motion ex-parte, is scheduled for August 23, 2023.
The applicant, King Ayemi-Botu, has sought an interim injunction through an application filed by his legal representative, Chief V. E Otomiewo. The application requests that the respondents, including the Commissioner of Police, be restrained from acting on the police invitation letter dated June 15, 2023. This injunction also aims to prevent any acts of intimidation, threats, or interference under the guise of investigation, discussion, or any other reasons concerning the applicant, until the motion on notice for the enforcement of the applicant’s fundamental human rights is heard and determined.
The application further seeks a directive that the granting of this ex-parte motion would result in a cessation of any further harassment, intimidation, or invitations of the applicant by the respondents on matters relating to him. The court has also granted the applicant permission to serve the motion on notice and all subsequent legal documents to the respondents at the Nigeria Police state headquarters in Asaba, Delta State.
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