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Friday, March 19, 2021

American nurse sues Lagos police commissioner over ‘unlawful and indefinite’ detention


American nurse sues Lagos police commissioner over ?unlawful and indefinite? detention

An American nurse, Kari-Ann R’ouke has filed a lawsuit against the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, and the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, Adegoke Fayoade over her ‘unlawful and indefinite’ detention. 


Kari-Ann in the lawsuit filed before the federal high court in Lagos through her counsel Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, disclosed that she was arrested on February 9 and has been detained indefinitely over the death of her partner.


The American nurse who is seeking her release from police custody and an award of N100 million as “general, aggravated, special and exceptional damages against the police", said she has been detained for more than one month over a murder case without being charged to court for the alleged crime.


In the court affidavit, Kari-Ann disclosed that she met her partner online and came to Nigeria on January 21, 2021 with the aim of establishing a humanitarian outfit.


It read; 


“Upon completing her assignment in Nigeria, she departed for the Murtala Mohammed International Airport on February 8, 2021, enroute America.

“She was, however, stopped by the Immigration Department on the ground that her COVID 19 Test result had expired, whereupon she was made to sleep at the airport purportedly for a new COVID 19 test.

“It was later the following day that she was informed that she was being arrested because her friend had passed on, unknown to her. She has been in police custody ever since."


Her counsel and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr Adegboruwa in the lawsuit noted that the CCTV footage of the hotel showed clearly that “Kari Ann left her friend in the hotel room in good health in the company of his friends and relatives, all of whom were initially arrested but have now been released."


The lady who has allegedly been a victim of extortion since her detention, stated that she is entitled to bail and only being persecuted because of her status as a foreign citizen.


Mr Adegboruwa also said the autopsy report showed that the deceased died of cardiac arrest, without any foul play.


He added; 


“Kari Ann has been a subject of extortion ever since, even though no prima facie case has been established against her. Since her incarceration, Kari Ann has lost about 23 pounds in weight, she has emaciated tremendously, she has suffered bouts of malaria, dysentery and she is going through extreme emotional and mental stress, without any link to her family or relatives."


Asides seeking to be released and a compensation of N100m, Kari-Ann also seeks an order directing that she is entitled to move freely in any part of Nigeria, without let or hindrance from the police. 


The nurse also asked the court to order the respondents to fortwith cease and abstain from applying for a remand order against her over matters pertaining to financial crimes to which she has been in detention since the February 9, 2021.

"It is unacceptable in this day and age' -Lewis Hamilton slams Catholic church for refusing to endorse same-sex marriage


Formula One car raci

ng champion, Lewis Hamilton has criticized the Catholic church after the Vatican refused to bless same-sex marriages.

Hamilton, a self professed Catholic, shared his opinion after Elton John's condemnation of the church's decision, which was announced this week.

Grammy award winning singer, Elton John wrote: "How can the Vatican refuse to bless gay marriages because they 'are sin', yet happily make a profit from investing millions in 'Rocketman' - a film which celebrates my finding happiness from my marriage to David?? #hypocrisy."

 Hamilton reposted Elton's post and said their refusal to accept same-sex marriages was "unacceptable".


He wrote: "Standing in solidarity with Elton John and the whole LGBTQ+ community on this issue.

"It is unacceptable that in this day and age, anyone should face prejudice or discrimination based on the person they love, especially in the name of God who we are told loves us all equally.

"It is incredibly sad that many will now feel they have to choose between their faith and being their true self, and I want my followers to know that I stand with you and I support you, and you deserve happiness.

"Love is love, don't let anyone tell you differently."



Hamilton begins the defence of his seventh world title in Bahrain on March 28.


DJ Cuppy gives update on her legal case with Davido's logistics manager, Israel Afeare


DJ Cuppy has taken to Twitter to update her followers after threatening to sue Israel Afeare for defamation.


The DJ said she has decided not to proceed with the case since he has apologized.


She tweeted: "Update: Following the public apology of Isreal Afeare, I have decided to no longer proceed with the lawsuit and have instructed my lawyers accordingly.


"As social media users, I hope we can all learn from this, and ensure that we have valid facts before we speak on matters."


DJ Cuppy gives update on her legal case with Davido


Recall that following DJ Cuppy and Zlatan's fallout, Israel had gone online to claim that Zlatan is ignoring Cuppy because he didn't make "one kobo" from their Gelato collaboration.


Cuppy responded, saying she did not breach her contractual agreement regarding the song Gelato and added that she will be suing Israel.


In turn, Israel released a video apologising for his statement. 

Our country is on life support but the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality - Peter Obi


Our country is on life support but the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality - Peter Obi

Former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, has described the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council FEC to spend $1.5 billion to carry out repairs on the Port Harcourt refinery as a huge waste.


According to the former governor, Nigeria is currently on life support but those managing the country's affairs are ''worsening it by their financial rascality.''


''The news of the planned expenditure of a whopping $1.5 billion for Port Harcourt refinery repairs is worrisome to well-meaning Nigerians. In light of our precarious economic situation, it is a huge waste.

Our country on life support, but sadly the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality. -PO

Our country is on life support but the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality - Peter ObiOur country is on life support but the managers of our affairs are worsening the situation by their financial rascality - Peter Obi

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