The Federal High Court on May 24 ordered the Nigeria Police to pay N10 million damages to a Nollywood marketer, Uchechukwu Chukwuma, who was accused of pirating Nollywood movies.
Chukwuma is a businessman at the Alaba International Market in Ojo, Lagos
According to the judge, Muslim Hassan, the police violated Chukwuma’s fundamental human rights and should, therefore, pay damages.
The marketer had sued the Nigerian Police and the National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) for human rights violation after being arrested in 2017. He was first arrested on August 31 before being moved, the next day, to the Area E Police Command in Festac Town where he was detained for five days.
He was released on bail on September 11, 2017, but rearrested on October 16 and detained till November 30 when he was charged to court.
The National Film and Video Censors Board was let off the hook after Hassan decided that they only reported him to the police.