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An Anambra High Court has issued an order to Governor Willie Obiano and the police commissioner to immediately remove the roadblocks in the State.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the judgment was delivered Tuesday by Justice Ike Ogu in the case of Francis Moneke v. Anambra State Govt. & Ors, reported The Nation.
The judge held that the government and police have no legal justification to erect roadblocks on major roads in the guise of checking insecurity.
He said such illegal blockage violated the applicant’s right to freedom of movement.
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The court further ordered the government and police to remove roadblocks, to allow free movement of persons and vehicles.
The respondents were ordered to pay some amount of money to the applicant as compensation for the violation of his right to freedom of movement.
The Eastern Updates gathered that ever since the advent of ‘unknown gunmen’ in the South East last year, the police command, in liaison with the government, has blocked major roads in the state, especially the Amawbia end of the popular Zik road
The situation has inflicted hardship on the residents and visitors, as it has become difficult for people to connect some areas in the state.
Not only that, it has become an avenue to extort huge sums from the commuters.
THE EASTERN UPDATES