The Federal High Court sitting in Warri delivered judgment in the case of Mrs. Esther Oladele & Ors. v. The Nigerian Army & Ors. Suit No. HHC/WR/CS/93/2017. The Plaintiffs who are the widow and the infant children of late Otunba Ajayi were represented by Mr Kunle Edun , pro bono.
The Plaintiffs’ case was that officers of the Nigerian Army were contracted by a businesses to recover debt allegedly owed by the late Otunba Ajayi. The deceased was arrested in Warri by soldiers from the Army Brigade in Benin city. The deceased was beaten and had his spinal chord broken by the soldiers during the beating. The soldiers had to rush him to the military hospital in Benin and called his wife, the 1st Plaintiff, to make arrangement to take her husband home. The late Otunba died few minutes after the soldiers dropped him on the floor of the emergency room of the Central Hospital, Warri.