A branch manager of Stanbic IBTC Plc, Mrs Tomi Offor, has been dragged before a Lagos State Chief Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere for allegedly providing false information to the police.
Mrs Offor, who is the manager of the bank’s Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos branch, was dragged before the court by an automobile expert, Ogunmuyiwa Sanni through his counsel, Gideon Okebu.
Joined as co-defendants in the suit marked MCL/345/2020, are: Stanbic IBTC Bank and a police officer, Winko Festus.
Sanni in his statement of claims filed before the court narrated how he was engaged by the bank manager, Mrs. Offor in January, 2019, to repair her car but she allegedly breached the terms of their contract by failing to pay him for the services rendered.
Sanni averred that in his attempt to collect money for the service rendered to the defendant (Offor) he was arrested at the bank premises on the instruction of the bank manager, who accused him of kidnapping and constituting a threat to her life.
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Consequently, Sanni prays the court for an order that the refusal of the defendants to pay him for the repairs effected on the bank manager’s car, despite several demands, constituted a breach of contract.
He also asked the court for an order that Offor, the bank and Festus are jointly and severally liable for false imprisonment, to wit; making a spurious and false complaint to the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) which culminated in his detention at bank’s premises in Awolowo Road, Ikoyi for hours before being further detained at NPF Headquarters, Kam-Salem, Obalende.
The claimant also asked the court for an order directing all the defendants to pay him the sum of N 2.5 million for his wrongful/false imprisonment, upon a fabricated complaint.
And an order directing them to publish formal letters of apology in two national newspapers and an order directing the Defendants to pay the cost of the suit.
In responding to Sanni’s suit, Stanbic IBTC denied any liability, stating that the case is between its official and the claimant.
While Offor denied all the claimant’s averments.
The case has been fixed for March 24, 2020 for hearing.