Onamade Dissatisfies, Appeals High Court Judgment On Fundamental Human Rights

Kunle Adelabu

– Justice will always prevail – Hon. Fathiu

IGP Usman Alkali Baba, the Inspector General of Police and Mr Oluwatosin Onamade, a former Chairmanship aspirant in Ijede.

Mr Oluwatosin Onamade, former ljede Chairmanship aspirant and the Chief Executive Officer, Western Funeral Home Limited, Ijede, has expressed his dissatisfaction against the judgment delivered against him by the Honourable Justice A.F. Pokanu of the Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikorodu Judicial Division.

Onamade, who was the Appellant in the Suit No: IKD/11531/MRHR/21, has, thereby, filed an appeal against the judgment.

The Appellant had approached the court last year in Suit No: IKD/11531/MRHR/21, and sought for the enforcement of his Fundamental Rights to dignity of Human Person, Personal Liberty, Freedom of Movement and Right to Property.

Defendants in the matter are Deputy Inspector General of Police (Force Intelligence Bureau, Area 10, Garki, Abuja), DCP Eloho Okpoziakpo (Force Intelligence Bureau, Area 10, Garki, Abuja), ASP Abubakar Inwanfero (I.P.O), Force Intelligence Bureau, Area 10, Garki, Abuja) and Fathiu Jimoh Salisu, former Chairman, Ijede LCDA.

The judge, in his judgment on Friday, March 18, 2022, said that the Applicant failed to establish that his Fundamental Rights were breached, and, therefore, pronounced that the application lacked merit and dismissed the same.

The Notice of Appeal sent to THE IMPACT by Onamade as his response to our reporter’s request for his views on the judgment and other issues, states that:

“TAKE NOTE that the Appellant herein, Mr Oluwatosin Onamade, being dissatisfied with the Judgment/Decision of the High Court Coram Hon. Justice A. F. POKANU J of Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikorodu Division delivered on the 18 of March, 2022, hereby, appeal to the Court of Appeal, holden in Lagos, upon the grounds set out in paragraph 3 hereof and will at the hearing of the appeal seek the Reliefs and Orders set out in paragraph 4”, the Notice of Appeal states.

Onamade complained about the decision of the High Court, stating that, “the Appellant has no legally recognizable rights to which the Court can come to his aid”.

The Appellant, in his appeal notice, therefore, sought for:

“An order allowing this appeal.

“An order that the judgment of the lower court was perverse and miscarriage of justice.

“An order setting aside the cost of N200, 000 awarded against the appellant in favour of 1st – 3rd Respondents and the cost of N200, 000 awarded the Appellant in favour of the 4th Respondent by the lower Court is baseless, and

“An order entering judgment in favour of the Appellant”.

In his response, Hon. Fathiu, in a chat with  our reporter, welcomed the appeal, stating that truth will always prevail.

“He is free to appeal the judgment but one thing that is very certain which requires no assistance from anybody and that is the truth”. By the time he loses at the Appeal Court again, he will proceed to the Supreme Court.

“Onamade is only looking for respite and I am very sure he can’t get it from anywhere, “O ti fi ori ja ile agbon, O si ti di dandan ki agbon ta”(Onamade will account for his deeds). He took me to court and he lost out.

“He wrote petition to the DIG Office in Abuja, in April 2021, alleging me of a murder and he was invited by that same office he wrote the petition to in the month of May 2021, instead of him to honour the invitation, he ran to court saying Police and Fatiu Salisu were harassing him and asking the court to protect his Fundamental Human Rights.

“Let’s wait and see that portion of the Nigeria Law that will ask Onamade not to honour the Police invitation”, Hon. Fathiu added.

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