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#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Awards ₦13.5m To 3 Victims

#EndSARS: Lagos Judicial Panel Wards ₦13.5m To 3 Victims

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses has awarded the sum of ₦13.5 million to 3 victims of police brutality.

Police Brutality Victims

Ndukwe Ekekwe, a 34-year-old trader was awarded the sum of ₦7.5 million for the harrowing ordeal meted on him by officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Ekekwe, who had shops at Alaba International Market where he sold accessories and other general items, had told the panel that he was arrested on February 16, 2018, for crimes he did not commit.

He also told the panel that he “was tortured, brutalised and thrown down the two-storey building of the shopping complex which housed his shops.

In reaching its decision on his petition, the Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi held that there was a clear violation of his fundamental rights as guaranteed under Section 34 of the constitution.

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The panel also recommended that the police investigate and fish out its officers who brutalised Ekekwe with a view to sanctioning them accordingly.

In his immediate reaction, Ekekwe expressed displeasure with the amount awarded by the panel. He and his mother who had been taking care of him since the incident happened lamented that they had spent over ₦30 million at the hospitals and wondered what they would do with the “mere ₦7.5 million awarded by the panel”.

Two other petitioners, Andrew Okoh and Isaac Adeshina who suffered grievous body harm after they were shot in the leg by a police officer were compensated with the sum of ₦3 million each.

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