Assault: Court orders Diya, others to pay N5.5m compensation
A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Monday, ordered former Chief of General Staff, General Oladipo Diya and other directors of his company, Lotad Funeral Services Limited, to pay the sum of N5.5million as compensation to a man identified as Mr Oluwatosin Onamade, for being guilty of assault and battering in 2008.
The trial judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, while passing the judgment, held that the action of the defendants was and an act of impunity.
“The action of the defendants is condemnable; it is an arbitrary use of power,” Oke held.
The court further held that the defendants took the law into their hands by taking up the job of the police, adding that it was wrong for the defendants to assault, batter and unlawfully seize Onamade’s belongings when they attempted to force him to sign a backdated resignation letter on July 31, 2008.