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#EndSARS: Lagos panel disburses N262 million compensation

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters has disbursed N262m to victims of police brutality in the state.

The Lagos State Judicial Panel on restitution for victims of SARS-related abuses and other matters has disbursed N262m to victims of police brutality in the state.

On Friday, the panel awarded N91 million naira to 16 petitioners after previously compensating 31 petitioners with N171 million.

Those compensated had suffered brutality, harassment, extortion and extrajudicial killings of their loved ones by police officers.

Five petitioners were awarded N10 million each for the extrajudicial killing of their family members on Friday.

One of those compensated was Felix Lucky whose case was opened in December 2020.

He told the panel how a police officer, Sergeant Dagbo, shot his brother dead and did not allow him to see his brother’s corpse.

Justice Okuwobi, while giving the decision of the panel, said the petition was meritorious and gave N10 million as compensation.

Late Charles Otoo’s family was also compensated with N10 million after his family members testified that he was shot by officers attached to the Ojodu Police Division on the evening of October 21 last year.

Sunday Shoyemi, a consultant pathology at LASUTH, confirmed to the judicial panel that a bullet was extracted from the body of the deceased.

Of the N91 million disbursed on Friday, Eric Okwaji was awarded N10 million; Gregory Egwu (N10 million); Felix Lucky (N10 million); Ayuub Azeez (N10million) and Charles Otoo (N10 million)

Others are: Chukwuma Henry (N9 million); Mariam Shobukola (N8 million); Babatunde Taiwo (N7.5 million); Gboyega Igbamerun (N5 million); Emmanuel Okorodudu (N3 million); Monday Ojon (N3 million);Tobe Ikoro (N1.5 million); Chidera Robinson (N1million); Awe Oluwaseyi (N1million); Joseph Onyebuchi Nwafor (N1 million) and Ayeni Adebayo (N1 million).

The panel would be ending its sitting on Tuesday, October 19.

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