by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 150)
“It Is An Offence For Hospitals/Creditors To Detain Patients/Debtors For Debts”.

There are several lawful means of recovering debt but false imprisonment is not one of them. It rather an offence for any person, business, hospital or institution to detain a patient or any debtor for failure to pay bills. There is no amount of debt that will warrant false imprisonment and breach of fundamental human rights of a Nigerian. Any person that has been detained against his/her wish by one that has no such powers to do so, the debtor can sue for breach of fundamental human right and also under tort.

My authorities are section 35 of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the recently decided case of Mrs. Ngozi Osegbo, Mr. Chinonso Osegbo and The Registered Trustees of the Synod of the Diocese on the Niger with Suit No: 0/255/2017.*

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As far as there is live there must be creditors and debtors; although the occupation of such status may not be static. Everything in life is about sustaining life, itself. The basic needs of man and his wants have given rise to business and work; henceinter human relationship. At different times, places and circumstances people owe themselves. What is owed is called debt, while the person owing is called Debtor and the person owed is a creditor. Most times debtors forget their pretentious innocence and plea rather refuse to pay back their debts. Hence, creditors engage self-help, voodoo, law enforcement agents and diabolic means in a bid to regain their hard earn wealth; it is often frustrating and wasteful. Theall encompassing Nigerian law and jurisprudence has provided expeditious, reliable and legal means of recovering debts with ease and not infringing on the inalienable human rights of debtors. This paper will help you know what is really a debt, how to safeguard and recover a debt.

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