- Entertainer and TV presenter Charles Oputa has filed a suit against the Federal Capital Territory Command Police and its commissioner
- Oputa popularly known as Charly Boy accused the police of harassment and infringement of his fundamental rights during the #ResumeOrResign protest
- He also prayed the court to award a N500 million as damage - general and exemplary - against the police on his behalf
Ace entertainer and Television Presenter, Charles 'Charly Boy' Oputa has dragged the Nigeria Police to court.
Charly Boy filed a suit on the infringement of his fundamental rights against the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, and the commissioner of police for FCT.
The suit before the FCT High Court in Maitama, Abuja accused the police and its officers of harassing the TV presenter and members of the OurMumuDonDo campaign and the Concerned Nigerian group during the #ResumeOrResign protests.
In an originating motion dated October 4, Charly Boy through his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, sought the court to determine whether the use of water cannons, teargas canisters and wild police dogs to harass him and members of his group during a peaceful protest is constitutional.
He also prayed the court to determine whether, having regard to the facts, if the applicant is entitled to public apology, compensation, damages and other reliefs sought.
Among reliefs sougt by the musician include: an order of the court that the use of teargas canisters, water cannon and wild police dogs by the police and its officers on the group on August 8, at the Unity Fountain is unjustifiable, illegal and a breach of his fundamental right.
Charly Boy prayed the court to make a compelling order on the FCT police and its commissioner to publish a public apology to him in five national newspapers, pay the sum of N100 million as general damages to the applicant as well as direct that N400 million be paid as exemplary damages by the police.
He also prayed the court to make an order of perpetual injunction restraining the police and its agents from further interfering with or violating the applicant’s fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.
Three video clips recorded during the attack have been attached as exhibits in the affidavit.
A date is yet to be fixed for the hearing of the suit filed by Charly Boy against the FCT police and its commissioner.
Onlinenigeria.com earlier reported that the ace musician recounted his ordeal in the hands of the Nigeria Police Force during the #ResumOrResign protest by OurMumuDonDo group.
Charly Boy said he and the members of the group were teargassed by the police while protesting at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.
He also vowed to continue with the protest which called for the resumption or resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari who was away in London for medical treatment.
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