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Students sue police commissioner over unlawful detention

The Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri will decide if police have jurisdiction over civil matters.

Students sue police

A 300 level student of University of Maiduguri, Hauwa Sani, and her colleague, Mohammed Mustapha Zarami, have reportedly sued Borno State Commissioner of Police and the officer in charge of the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad for alleged breach of their fundamental human rights.

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The defendant allegedly failed to sell and remit money for jewelries she collected from a shop on credit on the agreement that she will sell and return the proceeds.

A signed affidavit revealed that Hauwa usually collected jewelries from one Shuaibu, an attendant in Malam Mohammed's shop at Monday Market, Maiduguri to sell and remit the proceeds.

But when there was delay in remitting the money of the last batch she collected, Mohammed allegedly used policemen from the anti-robbery unit to arrest and detain her from February 5 until around March 10 when the court summon was served on them.

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Though the affidavit said Hauwa collected jewelries of N2 million from the shop, Ahmad deposed that the police insisted during the over one month Hauwa stayed in custody that she must refund N13 million.

Hauwa was said to have made statement to the police that she gave part of the money to Zarami that made the police to arrest him, impound his Honda car and asked him to report back the next day but refused to return to the station leaving his car there.

Justice Alkali Wakkil directed the police to produce in court, Hauwa and the Honda car on March 10 but the police released Hauwa to report to the court and refused to either be in court to answer the charges against them or release the car to the court.

On Monday, March 21, the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri will decide if police have jurisdiction over civil matters such as debt recovery to the extent that they can arrest and detain the alleged debtor for over a month.

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