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Seizure of bar certificate: Court to hear suit against police March 20

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By Sandra Umeh
Lagos, Feb. 5, 2019 (NNN) A Federal High Court will on March 20 hear a suit by a lawyer and rights campaigner, Mr Anthony Makolo, challenging alleged unlawful seizure of his Call to Bar Certificate.

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Certificate
By Sandra Umeh
Lagos, Feb. 5, 2019 (NNN) A Federal High Court will on March 20 hear a suit by a lawyer and rights campaigner, Mr Anthony Makolo, challenging alleged unlawful seizure of his Call to Bar Certificate.

In suit number FHC/L/CS/2111/18 filed by his counsel, Mr Ogedi Ogu, Makolo joined as respondents in the suit, the inspector-general of police, deputy inspector-general of police, Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID), one SP Olademeji, and one Insp. Ayeni.

The case was adjourned on Tuesday following the absence of Justice Ayo Emmanuel.

In the suit, Makolo seeks enforcement of his fundamental rights.

The lawyer claimed that the police violated his right to legal practice by seizing the certificate over his recommendation of bail for his clients.

He said that he was legal counsel for two persons over property dispute, and accompanied them to the FCIID, Alagbon, Lagos, on Nov. 6, following police invitation.

He said that after the statements of his clients were obtained by the police, his clients were released on bail with one surety, who duly executed the bail bond, while his clients were asked to report the following day,  Nov. 7, 2018.

According to him, his clients reported back the following day and were discharged by the police on the condition that they should report when needed.

Makolo said that on Nov.12, Oladimeji and Ayeni accosted him at the Yaba Magistrates’ Court Complex, Lagos, handcuffed him, pushed him into a waiting car and drove off to FCIID, Alagbon.

He said that he told the policemen that he was not a surety for the clients, but only recommended their bail.

According to him, the respondents replied that they had no time for that.

He said that he was admitted to bail the following day with two sureties, while the original copy of his Call to Bar Certificate was seized by the respondents.

Makolo said that the police had yet to release the certificate in spite of repeated requests.

The applicant seeks a declaration that his detention over  bail recommendation is unlawful.

He also seeks an order declaring the seizure of his certificate a violation of his right to legal practice, and wants the court to order immediate release of the certificate.

Makolo is also claiming N50 million as damages against the respondents for alleged breach of his fundamental rights. (NNN)

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Edited By Adeboye Ajayi/Ijeoma Popoola

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