By Mitchelle Uzorka
A High Court in Edo State has barred the state government and the Edo State Traffic Control and Management Agency from impounding vehicles, auctioning seized vehicles and demanding the payment of penalties for alleged traffic violations without recourse to the court.
This restriction came after a certain Chukwuka Enegide had dragged the state government, EDSTMA, its managing director and three others to court after the agency impounded his vehicle illegally over alleged traffic violation.
In his ruling, Justice P. A. Akhihiero held that the applicant was able to prove his case and grant the declarations sought.
The judge also awarded N5m as aggravated/exemplary damages against the defendants and N200,000 as costs to the applicant.