A monarch in Osun State, Dr. Olapade Agoro, yesterday dragged the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, over alleged embarrassment and defamation.
Naija News gathered that Agoro, who is also the patriarch of Aladura Church and the Owa Tapa of Ijesha, accused the commissioner of disparaging his person, reputation and business interests, in a press interview which the latter granted in September.
The commissioner of police had been quoted in a newspaper report to have accused Agoro of lying against the Osun State Police Command in order to escape being charged to court for some alleged traffic and criminal offences.
According to the report, Agoro had earlier accused some policemen from the Osun State Police Command of handcuffing a bus passenger to a police patrol van in Itapa and extorting money from him after the driver of the bus escaped from a police checkpoint.
Agoro said that rather than commending him for calling for the probe of “the criminals in police uniform” who allegedly handcuffed a passenger to their Hilux van, the CP “woefully derailed by telling unfounded lies against my good name and global respect in Nigeria and the whole world in the story published as, “Handcuffed passenger: Police accuse monarch of mischief.”
Agoro, who sued the Osun State CP, Adeoye, alongside the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, urged the court to restrain the police from “further harassing, embarrassing and extorting bribe from him.”
In his suit, he also urged the court to award N1m in damages in his favour against the CP.
He also asked the court to give an order compelling the defendants to publish an apology to the plaintiff in which words of apology must first be seen and approved by the honourable court before publication on the front pages of three national newspapers.