The Federal High Court sitting in Jos, on Thursday threw out a N1.25 billion damages suit filed by the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha against the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Backstory: Okorocha filed the suit against the IG and EFCC in November 2018 for allegedly invading and ransacking his house in Jos. While delivering judgment, Justice Musa Kurya dismissed Okoracha’s application for lacking in merit.
“Even though there was no record of how the search warrant was obtained but a search warrant dated May 3, 2017, from a Magistrate has been attached as an exhibit before this court. Whether due process was followed or not at obtaining the search warrant, there is no proof otherwise to its genuineness and the breach of sections 34 – 37 of the UN human rights and African Charter. Consequently, judgment is hereby entered in favor of the respondents. The applicant’s claims are hereby refused,” the judge said while dismissing Okorocha’s suit for lack of merit.
Okorocha alleged that the IG and the EFCC breached his fundamental human rights following the May 3, 2017 invasion.
The Commissioner of Police, Plateau, EFCC and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice were also joined in the suit.
Okorocha entreated the court to declare the action of the police and EFCC as “illegal, null and void’’ and thus be awarded the sum of N1.25 billion as general damages because there was no valid court warrant for such an exercise.
The IG and the EFCC, however, pleaded with the court to dismiss the governor’s application for lack of merit since a court warrant was obtained for the search on his residence in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, if the fallout from Okorocha’s recent victory in the Imo West senatorial election is anything to go by, then the governor may find himself before the tribunal pretty soon. (Read the latest HERE).