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Army ordered to pay council boss, two others N20m for harrassement

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The Nigerian Army was on Monday ordered by a Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt to pay the sum of N20 million as damages to the Chairman of Akulu-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Roland Sekibo, Tobins Tobins and Damiete Dokubo for harrasing them during the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The Army had raided their homes and declared them wanted over allegations of sponsoring hoodlums to truncate the electoral process to favour the People Democratic Party (PDP)in the state.

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The court, presided over by Justice George Omereji, declared that the actions of the military against the three persons were anti-democratic.

While delivering his judgement in the suit filed by Sekibo and others, Justice Omereji condemned the military for issuing a statement indicting the Executive Chairman of Council, Sekibo, and the others as the mastermind of events that occurred on the 23rd of February during the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly polls without grating them a fair hearing.

According to him, it was wrong for the military to issue a statement declaring the three persons wanted hurriedly without the benefit of hearing from them.

The presiding judge thereafter ordered the Nigerian Army and the Chief of Army Staff to pay the sum of N20 million as damages for raiding their private homes.

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