A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has granted a cost against a nominal complainant and 4th respondent, Mrs. Folashade Samuels, in the lawsuit by relationship therapist, Blessing Okoro against the Inspector General of Police and others over her alleged illegal detention in a correctional facility in 2022.
Blessing CEO filed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit in February in which she demanded N75 million damages for her illegal detention allegedly instigated by Mrs. Samuel to embarrass her.
In the suit filed by her lawyer, Mr Prince Nwafuru, Blessing Okoro, challenged the legality of her detention by the Police on December 15, 2022, following a second petition by Mrs Samuels despite the fact that the same Police had earlier granted her administrative bail on an earlier petition by same complainant.
Okoro claimed that the second petition which led to her arrest was ill-advised, based on false information and totally made in bad faith and further argued that Mrs. Samuels had rushed to the Police in Abuja when she felt disappointed that the Police at Panti granted her administrative bail.
Seeking restraining injunctions against the Police, Ms Okoro also insisted that the entire episode was orchestrated to embarrass her as the Police allowed Mrs Samuels to take her picture and circulate them to bloggers.
When the matter came up on November 8, Mrs. Folashade’s lawyer, Mr H. Eromosele informed the court that he filed his defence out of time and applied for leave to regularise it.
However, Ms Okoro’s lawyer objected to the application and argued that the respondent did not pay the default fee as prescribed by the Rules of the Court.
At his request, Justice A. Lewia-Allagoa granted a cost of N50,000 against the 4th respondent Mrs. Folashade and adjourned the matter till December 5, 2023, for a hearing.