A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has awarded the sum of fifty million naira as compensation to the family of Daniel Chibuike-Ikeagwuchi known as SLEEK against Nigerian Police, Inspector General of Police, State Commissioner of Police and two of its officers.
SLEEK is said to have been gruesomely murdered by the Operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping on the 19th of September, 2020 leading to a fundamental Human Rights suit against the defendants in the matter.
In two of the sittings before Justice, S.C AMADI, the defendants were never in court and did not file but only to came to the court on the last adjourned of 23rd of November to file a counter affidavit on the four prayers of the claimant which was refused by the court following the argument by the claimant counsel.
The trial Judge, Justice, S.C AMADI in his Judgment granted the four prayers of the claimant which includes declaration that the gruesome murder of SLEEK contravene the constitution of Nigeria and that not arraigning the officers who pull out the trigger against the victim before a court was illegal amongst others.
Our Correspondent reports that court instead of one billion naira damage prayed by the claimant, awarded the sum of fifty million against the defendants which it’s said should be paid in due course.
Speaking to newsmen outside the court, counsel to the family of late SLEEK, NOBLE NJOKU described the Judgment as justice well served which he said will serve as deterrent to men of Nigerian force who uses human being as point and kill.
IKEAGWUCHI-OYEKWU who is the father of Late SLEEK and his mother who spoke to newsmen said the Judgment will heal their wound to a certain level even if their son would not come back alive.
It would interest you to note that the family of late SLEEK had in the pursuit for justice for their murdered son approached the Judicial Panel of Inquiry Investigating alleged murder, violation of fundamental Rights of citizens and other forms of brutality by men and officers of Nigerian Police but were told their petition could not be heard since it was already in court.