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Awosika murder: Court warns against tempering with frozen Police funds

A Lagos High Court, yesterday, warned that there would be consequences if anything happened to the more than N500 million frozen police fund lodged with Zenith Bank Plc. Trial judge, Justice Olatunde Oshodi, gave the warning at the hearing in the various applications by judgment debtors, garnishee and other interested party seeking to oppose compliance with the payment of N500 million awarded to Mrs. Ebunoluwa Awosika, the widow of the slain banker, Modebayo Awosika, who was felled by the Police in Lekki, Lagos on October 1, 2008. Until the time he was killed, Mr. Awosika, then 39 was a seasoned banker, a Relationship Manager with the First Bank of Nigeria Plc and the breadwinner of his entire family. Following the confirmation of Modebayo’s murder by a coroner’s inquest, his widow commenced a fundamental rights action against the respondents at Lagos High Court, wherein Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, now retired, awarded damages against Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, and the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko, Victoria Island. The judgment creditor commenced garnishee proceedings to enforce compliance when same was not obeyed by the Nigeria Police. The garnishee proceeding was against seven of Nigeria’s commercial banks. On March 10, a Lagos State High Court made a garnishee order nisi, attaching monies in the custody of the garnishees and their corresponding banks standing to the credit of Nigeria Police Force or under the control and/ or for the benefit of the Nigeria Police.


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