The Nigerian police has been dragged to court by the four Ikorodu robbery suspects. The suspects claimed that their rights were violated by the police.
The four Ikorodu robbery suspects have sued the police for forcing them to make their confessions. The suspects in the recent bank robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos, have dragged the police to court, saying that their alleged confessional statements given out to journalists, were extracted from them behind their lawyer. In other words, they claimed that their confessions were made under duress.
In their fundamental rights enforcement suit filed before Justice Mohammed Yunusa, Mr Akanbi, the defence counsel, claimed that the police violated the right of the suspects to remain silent or to avoid answering any questions until consultation with a legal practitioner or any person of their choice as stipulated by Section 35(2) of the 1999 Constitution.
He also claimed 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 defence counsel of the Ikorodu robbery suspects further alleged that the police had neither allowed him nor the family members of the suspects to see them since they were arrested.
The applicants’ constitutional rights under Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution are at stake because the defendants have already taken a bias position by denying the applicants’ family or their counsel their right of visiting them in police custody.
It will be in the interest of justice if the applicants are brought before this honourable court so that the court can ascertain whether the applicants are still alive.
It will be in the interest of justice if the applicants can be charged by the defendants to court since they have already spent over 24 hours in custody and failure to do this will amount to usurpation of the constitutional powers of the judiciary.
The defence counsel to the Ikorodu robbery suspects is urging the court to award N5million as damages.