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Rights abuse: Court orders employer to pay ex-driver N3m

Published by The Nation on Tue, 20 Jul 2021


By Robert EgbeA Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered one Mr Bernard Imarah to pay his former driver, Roland Ogamune and his wife, Blessing N3million for violating his fundamental privacy rights.Justice A. O. Faji upheld the argument of counsel to the Ogamunes, Mr Mofesomo Tayo-Oyetibo that the couple had constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy and freedom of movement and it was unlawful for Imarah to trample on those rights.The judge awarded N2million to Ogamune and N1million to his wife, adding that this was a case of Imarahs misuse of his dominant position over his former driver.Read Also;Court stops move to oust Zamfara deputy governorOgamune was Imarahs driver but voluntarily resigned sometime in December 2017.However, sometime in early 2018, Imarah accused him of stealing expensive alcoholic drinks worth millions of naira kept at his home in Lekki, Lagos.Imarah proceeded to Ogamunes home in Ikorodu on 9th February 2018 at about 6am in the company of unidentified men, who were later discovered to be police officers, to search the home.He and the police officers were said to have forced their way into Ogamunes home and carried out a search of the property without any search warrant.Although nothing incriminating was found, Ogamune was bundled, against his wish, into Imarahs waiting car and driven off to the Maroko Police Station in Lekki where he was detained by the police for several days.
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