Court orders Police to pay Charly Boy N50m damages


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Nigeria Police Force, IGP and the FCT Commissioner of Police to pay N50m to Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy, the convener of ‘OurMumuDonDo’ movement.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice John Tsoho awarded the amount on Monday while delivering judgment in a fundamental rights suit brought against the Police by Charly Boy.

He said the sum was a compensation for the violation of his rights to dignity of the human person, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.Tsoho added that the Police should publish an apology to Charly Boy in two national newspapers.

NAN recalls that in a suit filed on March 29, Charly Boy had accused the Police and their officers of harassing him and members of the OurMumuDonDo campaign during the #ResumeOrResign protests.

Charly Boy, through his lawyer, Mr. Inibehe Effiong, argued that the Police attacked the group during a peaceful demonstration at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.