Four suspects arrested in connection with the bank robbery that occurred in Ikorodu, Lagos, have instituted a fundamental rights suit at a Lagos Federal High Court, against the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, for failure to charge them to court.
The four suspects; Agbojule Bright, Promise Abiwa, Monday Omoboye and Monday Ikuesan in the suit are seeking an order compelling the police to bring them to court.
The police had on July 6, 2015, paraded the four suspects in connection with the robbery of the Ipakodo branches of First Bank and Zenith Bank in Ikorodu, where an 18-man gang, which they allegedly belonged to, carted away about N80million on June 24, 2015.
Consequently, the court presided by Justice Mohammed Yunusa, has the hearing of the suspects’ fundamental rights suit adjourned till September 7, 2015.
Justice Yunusa adjourned the hearing of the suit, to enable the Inspector-General of Police and the other respondents to react to the suit filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Olusegun Akanbi, on behalf of the four suspects.
The four suspects in their suit filed before Justice Yunusa, through their lawyer claimed that the police violated their rights to remain silent or to avoid answering any questions until after consultation with a legal practitioner or any person of their choice as stipulated by Section 35(2) of the 1999 Constitution.
The lawyer claimed that the suspects “made confessional statements to the members of the press out of duress”, contending that the police had no right to parade the suspects to be interviewed by the press “unless such a suspect wishes to give interview after the matter has been charged to a court of competent jurisdiction.”
The lawyer also said that the suspects might not be able to get fair trial in court since they have “already suffered prejudice in the eye of the public due to unfair publicity and unprofessional acts of the defendants.”
He claimed that the police had neither allowed him nor the family members of the suspects to see them since their arrest.
“The applicants’ counsel were not allowed to see the applicants even to have a brief interview with them when they visited the defendants on July 15, 2015.
He also claimed that the suspects are entitled to damages for what he described as their “unlawful detention”, while urging the court to award N5m against the respondents in their favour.


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