Home HUMAN RIGHTS Unlawful Detention: Court Awards Order Absolute Against Kano PPRO, Kiyawa

Unlawful Detention: Court Awards Order Absolute Against Kano PPRO, Kiyawa

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano has given an order absolute in a garnishee proceeding against Police Public Relations Officer,(PPRO) Kano Command, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa in the sum N300, 000.

The order follows failure and refusal of the Police spokesperson to obey the judgment of the court against him in favour of a social media commentator, Basheer Basheer Galadanci for violating his fundamental rights.

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The sum of N300, 000 was found in the PPRO’s First Bank Account upon a garnishee proceedings which left the police image maker still indebted to the judgment creditor to the sum of N700,000.00.

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The money has been set aside by the bank in obedience to the court order Nisi and Mr Kiyawa is barred to utilize any part of it in fulfilment of the court judgement awarded in 2021 against the PPRO.

The bank’s lawyers attended the court session where they deposed to an affidavit of compliance showing willingness to pay Mr Galadanchi the money in cash or to give cheque in equivalent amount for him to enjoy the benefit of the Judgement he has gotten earlier.

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Recall that a Federal High Court sitting in Kano has sometime in 2021 ordered the Kano command’s PPRO, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa to pay Basheer Basheer Galadanci the sum of N1 million as damages for unlawful arrest, torture and his detention for 5 days in defunct SARS of the command.

Justice Watch News recalls that the Police was arrested Galadanci last year, over an alleged criticising SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa on his Facebook page by posting in Hausa ‘ Tsintacciyar mage bata mage’ meaning; a lost cat will never be a cat.

In his ruling, Justice Obiora of the federal high Court, fined Kiyawa the sum of  one million Naira for detaining Bashir for more than 48 hours, upheld that the police action under the instructions of the image maker violated Applicant’s right to live as Nigerian citizen.

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The court also said Bashir has a freedom of expression as enshrined in the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended and action of police under the instructions of its image maker contradicted the Constitution.

The court similarly ordered police not to arrest Bashir again for the same case and  ordered Mr. Kiyawa to tender a public apology on radio stations an act which the PPRO is yet to do.

Counsel to the the judgement creditor Mr Abba Hikima Fagge has vowed to commence contempt proceedings against the PPRO for failure to tender the public apology directed by the court.

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Other respondents in the case are: Inspector Abba Jakara, Imrana, PPRO’s official driver, former Officer in Charge of defunct SARS and Superintendent of Police Uba Bangajiya.

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