Rights Abuse: Court Floors AK Police -Frees suspect


The Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Oron has ordered the immediate release from Eket Prison custody, one Festus Jonah Adasi for failure of the complainant and Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State to attend court or react to motion brought before the court.

The Court presided over by Chief Magistrate C.B Akan has also cancelled all stringent bail conditions it earlier slammed on Adasi accused of committing crime, on the ground that such order(s) were made in an error of an existing and valid order of the High Court, Mkpat Enin.

The decision of the court, aside police refusal to attend its sitting or react to the motion, is premised on Exhibit C said to be an order of the High Court.

Adasi’s journey to Eket Prison began when he was arrested by the Police on an allegation of conspiracy and stealing of speed with two engines -90 Horse-power and 75 Horse-power at Oron beach, a property of Oluwole John.

Our Crime Desk gathered that Adasi, a Commercial Water transporter had a business transaction with John to use his boat. The boat was however snatched in the high sea by sea pirates.

Note satisfied with the explanation, John asked Adasi to pay him N10 million for the boat and the two engines. Realizing that the accused did not have such money, John approached Oron Divisional Police Command and Adasi was arrested.

The accused then approached Mkpat Enin High Court for enforcement of his fundamental rights in which the court ordered the police to produce him for trial.

He was first arraigned in Mkpat Enin High and later in Oron Chief Magistrate Court with Suit No MOR/MISC.11/2016.

It was further gathered the court after going through the written address of counsel for the accused /applicant (Adasi) and there being no counter affidavit by the complainant/respondent despite being duely  served with all the court processes but failed, refused and neglected to attend the court, or react to the motion, granted reliefs sought by the accused.