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Breaking: Young Lawyers wins Big as Ibadan Court awards N27 Million against NSCDC for Brutality – SEE PICTURES

An Ibadan High Court has awarded the sum of 27 million Naira to two young lawyers against the officers of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps for brutality they suffered in the course of doing their professional duties as lawyers.

The two young lawyers, Boluwatife John Sanya Esq and Stanley Amarachi Nnabuo Esq, had visited the state headquarters of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to secure the release of one Mr. Banjo who was detained in the custody of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in October 2022 but were brutalized by the officers of the NSCDC.

The High Court agreed with the Young Lawyers that their fundamental Rights was breached and awarded the sum of 27 million Naira as damages.

The Court also orders that the NSCDC issue a public apology to the young Lawyers.

Below is a statement by Boluwatife Esq who is also the Chairman of the Young Lawyers Forum of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Ibadan Branch.

17th January, 2023


STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN, YOUNG LAWYERS’ FORUM, NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, IBADAN BRANCH ON THE JUDGMENT AWARDING TWENTY–SEVEN MILLION NAIRA DAMAGES AGAINST THE NIGERIAN SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS, COMMANDANT GENERAL AND 4 ORS.


Dear Colleagues,
Today, being the 17th day of January 2023, Honourable Justice Owolabi sitting in High Court 12, in two fundamental right enforcement suits filed by two young lawyers in Ibadan delivered judgements against the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Commandant General and 4 Ors. to the tune of Twenty–Seven
Million Naira as damages amongst other reliefs. The two young lawyers are Stanley Amarachi Nnabuo and myself (Boluwatife John Sanya).


Esteemed colleagues, you will recall that sometimes in October 2022, Boluwatife John Sanya and Stanley Amarachi Nnabuo visited the state headquarters of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to secure the release of one Mr. Banjo who was detained in the custody of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.


The basis of Mr. Banjo’s unlawful detention for over 24 hours was a supposed complaint made by his wife (who is an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps) to her superiors that Mr. Banjo did not release the child of the marriage to her when he ought to.


The two young lawyers visited the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps office in Ibadan to secure the release  of Mr. Banjo but they were beaten blue–black by officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Honourable Justice Owolabi sitting in High Court 12, in a well detailed judgment delivered today granted the sum of twenty–seven million naira collectively in the two cases and ordered the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to tender a public apology to Mr. Nnabuo.


It is pertinent to note that the harassment of Lawyers (especially the younger ones) by law enforcement agencies is becoming a norm. These are just two out of numerous cases where young lawyers are being harassed by law enforcement agencies all over the country.


The Young Lawyers’ Forum, Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan branch states unequivocally that this will not be a full stop to litigating issues like this and bringing law enforcement agencies to book.


Enough of the barbaric and ruthless behaviour by the officers! We seize this opportunity to appreciate all colleagues (especially the league of young lawyers led by Adedeji Falujo Esq.) who were upright throughout the
struggle.


Boluwatife Sanya LL.B, B.L, Copyright (Harvard), ACIArb (U.K), MIP (WIPO, ARIPO, AU)
Chairman,
Young Lawyers’ Forum,
Nigerian Bar Association,
Ibadan branch.

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