Lagos judicial panel awards N10million compensation to victims of police brutality

Lagos judicial panel awards N10million compensation to victims of police brutality

- The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Restitution and Inquiry has begun awarding compensations to petitioners

- In fact, some of the pensioners were awarded N10 million for the extrajudicial killing of their loved ones

- These are the first major move being made to compensate any victim

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In what many people will see as a major win for Nigerians, the Lagos state judicial panel hearing cases of police brutality has given a landmark judgement.

In the judgement, the panel awarded compensation to some victims of police brutality after having found their cases meritorious.

Specifically, the petitioners were awarded the sum of N10 million, Channels TV reports.

Adebayo Abayomi for the extra judicial killing of his mother, and Hannah Olugbodi for being shot by a police officer among others. The compensation was awarded by the Justice Doris Okuwobi (retd) panel.

Lagos judicial panel issues compensation to victims of Police brutality
Victims of police brutality in Lagos state have been compensated by the judicial panel investigating it. Photo: @followlasg
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Recall that reported that a report indicated that 15 protesters who suffered gunshot wounds during the #EndSARS protests in Lagos have presented themselves before the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Enquiry and Restitution for Victims of SARS related abuses and other matters.

14 of them were said to have been shot at Lekki Toll Gate on the evening of Tuesday, October 20, while one was allegedly shot at Ojodu Berger.

Also at the panel was one Nathaniel Solomon whose younger brother Abouta Solomon was allegedly shot dead at the toll gate.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that not under his watch will another EndSARS protest be staged by Nigerians as it happened in the month of October.

Speaking on Tuesday, November 17, during a quarterly meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), Buhari said he would not allow the repeat of the nationwide demonstration which led to the loss of lives and destruction of properties.

Muhammad Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, made this disclosure during a press briefing at the State House on the outcome of the meeting which was presided over by the president at the Presidential Villa.

Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.


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