Imo will compensate 125 applicants

Imo will compensate 125 applicants

The IMO State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, investigating cases of police brutality, has recommended compensation for 125 petitioners following brutality by the Nigerian police.

The secretary of the jury, Isaac Oguzie, announced this.

According to him, 20 applications were rejected for lack of substantiation, and nine reminders were received from interested parties.

The commission received a total of 154 petitions and was chaired by the main panel of judges, Florence Duruoha-Igwe.

The notes, Oguzie said, came from ministries, departments and agencies (MDA), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS), Affirmative Action Youth and the student union government.

Others came from local government and police areas whose facilities were destroyed during the protests.

The secretary said the army also disregarded the summons to testify on petitions against them from communities in the Mbaytoli local government area.

He added, however, that although the police were represented by their lawyer, all the policemen mentioned in the various petitions refused to appear.

Mr. Isaac said that 125 people will receive monetary compensation in various amounts and for grievances at the hands of the police.

“Even if the jury recommended the cash prizes, the decision remains with the government,” he added.

The Commission opened on 3 November 2020 and completed its mandate on 4 May 2021.

Source: – PmNews

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