Charly Boy Sues Police Over Alleged Brutality

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By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja

Mr. Charles Oputa, popularly known as  Charly Boy, has filed a N500million suit against the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory Police Command over alleged use of teargas canisters, water cannons, and police dogs against him during a peaceful demonstration at the Unity Fountain, Maitama,Abuja on August 8, 2017.

The musician, in suit no: FCT/HC/CV/3037/17, is seeking for an order of the court directing the Nigerian Police to pay the sum of N500 million; N100 million as general damages and N400 million as exemplary damages to the applicant for the violation of his fundamental rights.

Mr. Oputa, through his counsel, Mr. Inibehe Effiong, in an originating motion dated October 4, 2017 is asking the court toenforce his fundamental rights.

Mr. Oputa, who on August 8, 2017 led a demonstration along with Deji Adeyanju and a few others under the aegis of #OurMumuDonDo and Concerned Nigerians were attacked with teargas canisters, water cannons and about 30 dogs by the Police at the Unity Fountain. The attack was seven days before another attack on the group by stone-throwing Pro-Buhari Protesters at Wuse Market where many were wounded including The Guardian Reporter, Oludare Richards. Mr. Oputa said a report on the attack was filed but the Police has done nothing about it.

Oputa condemned the reaction of the police at the Unity Fountain recounting how protesters were attacked by anti-riot policemen. He said he was hit with the butt of a rifle on his eye by a policeman which resulted in his slump and was quickly rushed to the hospital for treatment.