Dec 14, 2011 – Injustice: Nigerian Police Detain Houseboy Following His Resignation
According to pm news, a 31-year-old man, Jacob Kinho, has been detained by the police from the State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba Lagos for attempting to leave his job as a domestic servant.
According to his brother, Alexander Kinho the police has allegedly informed the detainee that he can only regain his freedom if he was ready to go back to his master, Mr Kenneth Odogwu, as a domestic servant.
Apart from detaining him, all his properties were siezed by Odogwu and has so far spent one month in custody of the police for alleged theft.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the police have insisted that they will not charge him to court and he will remain in the cell unless he complied by going back to his master to continue his work as a domestic servant.
Following the development and inability to secure his bail, the family of the victim have instituted a suit at the Lagos High Court asking the court to intervene in the matter.
The matter is now before Justice J. Oluwayemi of the Lagos High Court Igbosere.
In the suit number M/1049/ 11 filed on behalf of the victim by the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria, through a lawyer, Mr Austin. A. Akpomreta, Jacob is seeking that the court should declare that his arrest and detention by the police at the instance of Kenneth Odogwu and his wife Ofunne was unconstitutional.
He is also seeking a declaration that the seizure of his properties by Kenneth and his wife was a violation of his right to own properties.
He also sought an order directing the defendants (police) to release the applicant forthwith. He also urged the court to order the respondents to pay him N50million in damages for the violation of his rights. In the affidavit in support of the application, the applicant averred that he worked with Kenneth and his wife who are the 5th and 6th respondents in the suit, for eight years at 12 Raymond Njoku street, Ikoyi, Lagos as domestic servant.
He said that in January 2011, he informed his employer that he wanted to resign his appointment and pursue a career in information technology.
They initially agreed on condition that he must provide them with another person that will take his place. He thus introduced one Mr. Remi Elis who was jointly interviewed by Kenneth and his wife.
They accepted Elis but insisted that the applicant must not leave. Elis later left but Jacob was arrested when he insisted that he was leaving.
They claimed that Elis stole the wife jewellery.
Since they did not see Elis again, the applicant was arrested by the police on condition that he would regain his freedom if he would continue as theirhouse help. As at time of filing this report, he is still being detained by the police. Efforts to speak with Mr. Odogwu proved abortive as our reporter was prevented from seeing him.
What kind of nonsense & injustice is this? Some of these Nigerian Police officers are so impolite and unprofessional.