20-Year-Old Lekki Robbery Suspect Sues Police For N1m

PICTURED: The armed robbers wearing military uniform and engaged the police in a gun battle before carting away about N15m from the bank
Tosan, one of the four suspects paraded by the police in connection with the March 12, 2015 robbery of the Lekki branch of First City Monument Bank, Ebi Tosan, has sued the police. He is seeking N1m as damages.

The 20-year-old, who was arrested on April 5, 2015, claimed that it was unlawful for the police to continue to keep him in detention without admitting him to bail.

He was paraded by the police along with three others – Duke Odogbo, 38; Lawrence Kingsley, 31; and Ekelemo Kuete, 30 – is seeking an order directing the police to immediately release him on bail.

The suspect’s lawyer, Chief S.W. Baidi, argued that the suspect’s continued detention without bail was an “infringement and curtailment of the applicant’s constitutional right to personal liberty, freedom of movement and presumption of innocence.”

PICTURED: The armed robbers wearing military uniform and engaged the police in a gun battle before carting away about N15m from the bank
Tosan is seeking a declaration that his arrest, torture and continued detention by the State Anti-Robbery Squad, Ikeja, without bail was a violation of his human rights, preserved by sections 34(1)(a), 35(1)(4) and Section 41 of the 1999 constitution.

In a 26-paragraph affidavit filed in support of the originating summons, one Tamuno Amos, who described himself as the suspect’s uncle, said that his nephew’s continued detention by the police was a deliberate act to “extract a confessional statement from him on the alleged offence.” Amos, who said he had not been allowed to see his nephew since his arrest, claimed that “the applicant is suffering on daily basis without access to food, bath and other conveniences and he may die in custody if not granted bail.”

PICTURED: The armed robbers wearing military uniform and engaged the police in a gun battle before carting away about N15m from the bank
In the said robbery on Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos, a gang of armed robbers, which Tosan and others allegedly belonged to, reportedly stormed FCMB in the afternoon of March 12, wearing military uniform and engaged the police in a gun battle before carting away about N15m from the bank.

About five persons, including three policemen and a fish hawker, were reportedly killed while several others sustained injuries during the shooting spree said to have lasted about 30 minutes.

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