Benin Court Orders Inspector-General of Police to Pay N5m to Rev. David Ugolor For Rights Violation

Rev. David Ugolor
By SaharaReporters, New York

A Benin High Court, presided over by Justice Esther Edigin, today awarded five million Naira to Reverend David Ugolor for the violation of his fundamental human rights by the Nigeria Police. The damage was awarded against the Inspector General of Police.

Delivering her ruling, Justice Esther Edigin held that the Nigeria Police had no reasonable suspicion to arrest Ugolor, recalling that it was only because one of the suspects in police custody had named one

“David” as their sponsor that he was arrested.

The judged held that that action by the Police violated Ugolor’s right to liberty and thus awarded the damages.

Justice Edigin warned that the impunity with which the police disobeyed the order of a court of competent jurisdiction is an invitation to anarchy, at the very least.  She lambasted the attitude of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, toward court orders and the rule of law, and stressed that blatant disobedience of the rule of law by the IGP sends a dangerous signal and threatens the human right situation in Nigeria.

Justice Edigin underlined that the detention of Rev. Ugolor beyond two days was illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and a violation of his fundamental human rights, and she restrained the Nigeria Police from further arresting Rev. Ugolor on the matter. The learned Justice then concluded her ruling by awarding N5m damages in favour of Ugolor.

In a comment, Barrister Osaro Osemwegie, one of Rev Ugolor’s counsels, stated, “With this ruling, the Edo State Judiciary has once again demonstrated that the rule of law is supreme and that all persons and authorities are subject to it.”

He observed that it is only a society governed by the rule of law that can enjoy peace and progress, warning that the only alternative to that is anarchy.

“To all of us, this historic judgment is victory to the growth of the rule of law and democracy in Nigeria,” he said.

Two weeks ago, the police in Edo State arraigned Rev. Ugolor before a Benin Magistrate Court.  He and nine others had been arrested in connection with the murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the late Personal Secretary to the Executive Governor of Edo State.

On two prior occasions, a High Court in the Edo State capital had ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), to release Rev. Ugolor from detention immediately and unconditionally, but those orders were ignored.  

The 10 men faced a variety of charges that bordered on conspiracy, murder, armed robbery, illegal possession of arms and receiving stolen property.

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Is it this David???!! OMG!

David- 50's (Not Max AAronson)

I've met and spoken to you a few times in the course of doing my work. It would not have been appropriate to do any more than that, given the circumstances of why/where we met.

Now I'm wishing to reach out and say hello. Our paths will likely not cross again, as that work assignment ended earlier this winter.

Even when I didn't run into you, I loved going there- special people.


I pray justice eventually prevail, the issue here is not that he have been proven innocent but that the IG ignored court orders twice which is Barbaric Undemocratic. And if the IG does not swallow his pride then he would certain set a {may} be murderer free by his unruly actions / Disrespect for court orders , my passionate plea goes to the Judiciary not to invoke its powers and might in a situation like this as it could lead to miscarriage of Justice as the family of the Dead awaits justice.

my lord and my police

why are u happy about the decision of the judge by awarding the rev. cost for infringement of his fundamental human right. who is an ACCOMPLICE IN LAW?,and if u are robbed or ur brother is muddered and someone is mentioned by accussed person under trial or investigation. do u think it is justly nd fairly to arrest such person ?.and if there is any evidence that he committed the offence, be released on court order before he is charge formally, by a court that has not adjudicate over the case,. can a person accused of capital offence be released on bail before legal advice by DPP is sought? ,.What should be the faith of other co accused persons?, should they go to jail?. sir, ma, let there be justice, fairness and equity. police have the right legally to arrest , investigate , if there is any evidence against any person he should be charge to court. the court has the power to grant bail,discharge and acquit the suspect etc.


On the face of it this looks like a judgement for and victory for the rule of law. But ask yourself, is the Nigerian legal system so efficient? How long does it take to finish a case in our Courts? And what is the pedigree of Justice Edigin? Justice Edigin is a cash and carry judge who gives judgement (not justice) to the highest bidder. She has planned with the Lawyers and plaintif in this case and agreed on a cut of the N5M damages awarded. You heard it first on this medium.

In total agreement . The

In total agreement . The strongest pillar of any democracy is Law and Order as represented by the bench and bar AS well as the Law Enforcement Agencies . unfortunately , they have become our headache .
In the case of David Ugolor , the SSS has since exposed the usual incompetence of the Police ; but institutional pride will not let them admit instead they continue in a buffoonery that fools no one !!!

How Many Have Died

My brother, if you know how many people have died in Nigerian cells and prisons for what they know nothing about, you will thank God for . In fact, he should go for thanksgiving. The Nigeria Police are renowned for extrajudicial murders and high profile involvement in crimes. The case of Chief Ogbe Onokpite who was killed by the police in Warri readily comes to mind. Till today, nothing has been done to ensure justice. It's time to take God very seriously, because only God can redeem us from those who "WE" the people have constitutionally empowered to protect us.


This is victory for democracy and the rule of law. But one wonder's why a Reverend's name will be mentioned in such a case. But if the Police feel it has enough evidence to prosecute the Reverend, they should do so in the comfortable ambit of the law


This is victory for democracy and the rule of law. But one wonder's why a Reverend's name will be mentioned in such a case. But if the Police feel it has enough evidence to prosecute the Reverend, they should do so in the comfortable ambit of the law


The handler of this case should be investigated for promotion as her decision called ruling in this case should be a yardstick to giving an award as a great teacher of lesson to the Police of this great but "ANT" nation.This woman is "a Daniel come to judge".May her life and years in service be fruitful and fulfilled my learned woman of honour


The Nigerian police is a sham. The worst criminals of the citizenry. They should only recruit graduates and give them adequate training and support - also pay them well.

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Nigeria Police shld learn hw to work with other security agencies, like the army, sss, civil defence e.t.c be more civil with civilians, post those illitrate among them to motor parks, recruite e-policemen, flush out the rotten ones. I assure our siciety will be better for it.

let's wait

I hope someday nigeria wld Develop
To the level of respecting court orders like pakistanm

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Wonderful job Judge Edigin.

Wonderful job Judge Edigin.

Stuffs i hate most about Nigeria

Stuffs i hate most about Nigeria in descending order: *POLICE.
*NEPA OR PHCN. No matter the change of name, its still NEPA.


Many Nigerians who have lost hope with Nigeria Police and Ministry of Justice must have hope with case of David which have turned to be a revival of hope for Nigerians. Christ Commanders Angels will soon set up World Center in Nigeria to tackle Nigeria problems and abuses. Even election fruads and manipulations. Those leaders in Africa who wants to be life president must go. Women's right is also one of our agender. Cover up of cases involve some leaders must stop. All Nigerians have right to live like others being you Muslim, Christian or any faith.

What kind stupid ruling is this?

Your client is facing a murder charge. This lose head Justice Esther Edigin, please where and how were his rights violated? The man was held for planning and carrying out the murder of a fellow human being. Capital crime under Nigeria law. How many people are facing the same kind of chargers in Nigeria, that have no chance of ever getting bail. How about his co defendants? Are their rights been violated too Justice Esther Edigin.

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Do we have *Police* in Nigeria? Those bunch of crooked illiterates that get drunk on duty? Those idiots that protect and are afraid of corrupt politicians? This is the best thing I have heard in this country in a long while and I commend the Judge


Do we have *Police* in Nigeria? Those bunch of crooked illiterates that get drunk on duty? Those idiots that protect and are afraid of corrupt politicians? This is the best thing I have heard in this country in a long while and I commend the Judge

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