Police harassment: Kingmaker sues Oniru family for N500m

Oladimeji Ramon

A kingmaker in the Oniru kingdom of Lagos State, Chief Wasiu Ogunbambi, has sued three children of the immediate-past Oniru of Iru land, for allegedly harassing him with policemen.

In a N500m fundamental rights suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos, Ogunbambi, who is the Onisa of Iru land, claimed the police harassment came after he declined to support one of the late Oniru’s children to succeed their father on the throne.

The three princes – Tijani Oniru, Ademola Oniru, Adesegun Oniru – were sued alongside their cousin, Sulaiman Oniru, and the Inspector-General of Police.

Ogunbambi filed the suit jointly with his children, Mukaila and Lateef, and seven customers allegedly arrested by the police at Lateef’s bar/carwash on August 22, 2020.

In the suit filed through their lawyer, Oluwafemi Olabisi of Festus Keyamo’s law firm, Ogunbambi alleged that over 15 armed policemen from Abuja, at the instance of the late Oniru’s children, invaded his house on August 22 and turned it upside down at gunpoint.

He said the policemen also stormed Lateef’s bar/carwash at House 21 Resettlement, Victoria Island, and arrested him and seven customers they met there.

Ogunbambi said Mukaila, Lateef and the seven customers were treated like common criminals in the full glare of the public before the policemen “packed them into a small bus and drove them for over 10 hours on the road to Abuja.”

He said they were detained in Abuja between three and eight days, without food and access to their lawyers.

He demanded N500m as damages.