HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an appeal against the judgment of Hon. Justice C.C. Mbanugo of the Anambra State High Court delivered on 20/05/2009. The Appellant appealed to the Court of Appeal on 29/6/2009. The facts that led to this appeal are as follows:
By the statement of claim dated 27/1/2003 and filed on 29/1/2003, the Respondent claimed against the Appellant in the High Court as follows:
"19 WHEREFORE, the plaintiff claims from and against the defendant as follows:
(a) The sum of N2,000,000.00 being special and general damages for false imprisonment.
PARTICULARS OF SPECIAL DAMAGES
(1) Loss of earning for 6 days at N17,500 per day N105,000.00
(2) Medical bill for illness occasioned by the detention and beating at police cells at Okpoko and Ibadan = N35,000.00
(3) Money spent by the plaintiff to secure bail at the Police Station = N45,000.00.
(b) General damages = N1,815,000.00."
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