By Kelvin Utebor
WARRI: A Delta State High Court 4 sitting in Warri has restrained the Inspector – General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 5 and the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Ari Muhammed Ali from inviting, arresting, harassing and intimidating a human right activist, Comrade Israel Joe pending the hearing of a fundamental right application filed before it.
In a statement made available to The Union Nigeria, the Counsel to the human right activist, Mr. Omemiroro Ogedegbe Esq disclosed that, “Comrade Isreal Joe had filed a fundamental right application before the Court.
“The Court granted an injunction restraining the Police after entertaining the matter and hearing from him (Counsel).
“The facts of the case as revealed in the application are to the effect the applicant’s post on Facebook was responsible for the burning down of the police vehicle on the 20th of January, 2021.
“While the applicant contends the vehicle was already burnt down as at the time he made his post. These are the issues to be determined in the main application but in the meantime parties have been ordered to stay all actions.”
On his part, Comrade Israel Joe who corroborated the claims of his lawyer said, “the Court heard a motion restraining the Inspector General of Police, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Zone 5 Benin and the Delta State Commissioner of Police from inviting, arresting or harassing me over the alarm raised on social media alleging the Police to have been the cause of the accident which claimed the life of a woman and child at PTI on the 20th of January, 2021.
“The judge granted the order restraining all the above mentioned to maintain the status quo and appear also in court for the determination of the motion filed to enforce my fundamental human rights slated for the 28th of March.”
Comrade Joe said, “l was invited by the Police following a petition written by one Wong Bus from Ubuluku, Delta State and a factional President of UPU Youth Wing from Abraka, to the police to charge me for Cyber terrorism in the Federal High Court.”
Comrade Joe commended his legal team headed by Maxwell Omes Ogedegbe Esq of the Conference for the Actualization of Human Rights, Comrade Monday Enudi, Atiku, Israel, Uruemu, etc).
The comrades who earlier went to court from the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) Delta State, Comrade(Chief)A. P. Edariese, Comrade John Osaigbovo, Comrade Ituala Harrison etc, Comrade Barr. Egbone Esq, Comrade Barr. Ikimi, Comrade Barr. Umuko Godwin and others.