The man known as Ndukwe Ekekwe, narrated to the panel that he was pushed off a two-storey building by police officers saying that he had spent N30 million naira to take care of himself and therefore making N7.5million a ridiculous offer.
Doris Okuwobi, the chairperson of the panel, awarded N7.5 million to Mr Ekekwe, a gesture which led to the petitioner’s mother bursting out in tears and the petitioner himself revolting.
“Wetin be N7.5 million? I spent over N30 million, I sold my land. Wetin I wan take N7.5 million do?”, he shouted at the panel.
In his story, he said he was illegally detained by officers led Haruna Hamisu, an inspector of police and thereafter brutalised over allegations that he is selling stolen goods at his shop at Alaba international market.
After all the brutalization, he was thrown off from a two-storey building by the police officers.
The alleged officer, Mr Hamisu, also appeared before the panel and said the petitioner was not pushed from a two-storey building but jumped.
Giving the panel’s judgement, Mrs Doris Okuwobi, a retired judge heading the Lagos judicial panel, said that the has presented “credible and strong evidence on being brutalised by the police while in their custody.
“The police stabbed the petitioner with a knife, hit his head with a gun, and broke his teeth. These pieces of evidence were not debunked by the respondents,” Mrs Okuwobi said.
She added the panel found out there was a violation of the petitioner’s fundamental right and thereafter awarded a sum of N7.5 million “as compensation for the torture and inhumane treatment meted to him by the respondent while in their custody.”
The petitioner was dissatisfied with the sum awarded sparking anger that led to a drama in the house.
After calming the petitioner, the counsel to the petitioner, who had earlier whisked the petitioner out of the panel, returned to receive the cheque.
He thanked the panelists for the job being done. He said: “My noble lord, I sincerely appreciate the panel for the job well done,”
While awarding the cheque, Mrs Doris Okuwobi noted that the money may appear small but they must accept that justice has been done to their case.
She said: “To you, it may be small, but you must bear one thing in mind that justice has been done to your case. That is what is utmost to the exercise being carried out. congratulations,”
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