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Metro Unlawful Arrest: Court Orders El-Rufai, Police to Pay Audu Maikori N40m

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered Kaduna State Governor, El-rufai to pay the sum of N40m to the President of Chocolate City Group, Audu Maikori, as compensation for his unlawful arrest.

The court also awarded N10m exemplary damages, with 10% interest in favour of Audu Maikori

Delivering judgement in the fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed by Maikori on May 5, 2017, Justice John Tsoho ordered the four respondents including, Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, and the police to pay the damages to the applicant.

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The other respondents to the suit are the Inspector-General of Police and the Attorney-General of Kaduna State.

The court also held that civic space should not be constricted and Governor of Kaduna cannot arrest Audu for lawful advocacy

Maikori according to the ruling was said to have been unlawfully detained between February 17 and 18, 2017 and again March 10 and 13, 2017.

Maikori was arrested on allegations of posting “inciting” tweets alleging the killing of some Southern Kaduna students by Fulani herdsmen.

The details of the tweets later turned out to be false, but Maikori claimed he obtained the information from his driver.

He later expressed regret over the posts and retracted them.
 
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