Court Orders Magistrate, hubby, Police To Show cause Over Lawyer’s Detention

A Lagos Federal High Court, has ordered the police, a magistrate in Lagos and her husband to show cause, why it should not allow a motion ex-parte challenging the detention of lawyer, Godswill Gomba Oyor for 10 days.

The court presided over by Justice Tijjani Ringim ordered Mrs. Fifunwa Ikobayo, a Magistrate in Lagos State, her husband Mr. Olatunde Ikobayo, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti-Yaba; one Inspector Ayo (Legal Dept); Supo Yetunde Cardoso Officer-In-charge Legal State CID, after hearing an Exparte motion filed by the detained lawyer.

The lawyer, Oyor and his firm Hyfex Capital Limited are the applicants in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/2489/22, while those listed above are the respondents.

The applicants through their lawyer Samuel Adeyemo, in their summons Exparte stated that lawyer Oyor had been detained by the police for about 10 days without bail over a civil transaction involving forex trading.

Adeyemo, in the affidavit in support of the summons ex parte, averred that Oyor was being held at State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti, Yaba.

He said: “I was informed by the second applicant on 20th of December 2022 at the Detention facility of State CID at about 12:30 pm in the office of the IPO and I verily believed him that: “The fifth Respondent is a Magistrate serving with the Lagos State Judiciary.

“The fifth respondent through the second applicant had a business relationship with the first applicant.

“That the nature of the business is forex trading, which is known to the fifth and sixth respondents from the inception.

“That during the pendency of the business relationship, the fifth and sixth respondents made good money. Along the line, there was a dramatic twist or event that affected the income of the company which is why they have not been able to pay their investors, including the fifth and sixth respondents.”

He averred that ‘efforts to make the fifth and sixth respondents resort to arbitration proved abortive.”

Justice Tijani Ringim held: “this matter shall be adjourned till Wednesday January 3, 2023, for the respondent to show cause why the reliefs sought ex parte shall not be granted.”

Further hearing on the application is fixed for tomorrow.