Justice Olufunke Sule-Amzat of a Yaba High Court, Lagos, has ordered hearing notice to be served on a former Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Marvelous Akpoyibo, the Inspector General of Police, and three others.
The judge issued the order yesterday while ruling in the suit filed by a human rights activist, Akaraka Chinwe Ezeonara and three others over the killing of four Ekwulobia youths.
The four deceased persons, who were traders at Ladipo Market traders, were allegedly killed by police.
The order of the court followed the submission of the claimant’s counsel, Miss Olamide Awakan and that of the third respondent’s counsel, Mr. Adewale Russell.
Awakan had told the court that the case file was returned from the Court of Appeal for the court to hear the suit ‘de novo’.
She noted that the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, set aside the ruling by Justice Oyindamola Ogala who had dismissed the fundamental right suits filed by the claimants on behalf of the deceased.
She said the appellate court ordered that the High Court should hear the suit afresh.
A N4billion fundamental right enforcement suit was filed against the Inspector-General of Police, Akpoyibo, and three others, over the alleged extra-judicial killing of the four Ladipo Market traders.
The traders, Anthony Ezenwafor, Chukwuemeka Ezeofor, Izuchukwu Ezeama, and Aloysius Osigwe were killed on July 21,2001