Lagos EndSARS Commission awards 20 million to two victims of police brutality
The two parties to the Lagos State Judicial Restitution and Investigation Commission received $ 10 million each in compensation for police brutality, especially involving officers from the now defunct Special Robbery Squad.
Two signatories, Kudirat Abayomi and Hannah Olugbodi, received compensation on Friday.
Punch said the jury also recommended that police officers who were mistaken in the Abayomi case be prosecuted.
In addition to compensation in the amount of $ 10 million to the Abayomi family, killed by a stray bullet in the police in April 2017, the children of the deceased were also awarded scholarships.
The jury also recommended that the police write a letter of apology to the victim’s family.
Olugbody, a 35-year-old hairdresser, described in November 2020 how she found herself on crutches after her left leg was smashed by a stray bullet fired by people from the disbanded Special Police Anti-Robbery Squad who were trying to arrest a young man. with tattoos in June 2018 in the Izhetedo area of Lagos.
He said SARS agents were at the Ogun City hotel asking for money to refuel their car when they saw a young man with tattoos among a group of people watching a football match at the hotel.
According to the applicant, the hotel owner, a certain Abu, who used to give money to SARS agents, was not around to do it.
He said that SARS agents had named the young man with the tattoos Yahoo Boy Yahoo (cyber criminal).
He said that the SARS agents’ attempt to arrest and take away the young man with tattoos was thwarted by the other people present, forcing SARS agents to shoot.
Olugbody said she was at the Ijesh market trying to buy peppers to prepare food that her children would take to school the next day when she was injured by a stray bullet.
She said market women rushed to her and asked her for her address and husband’s name, which she was able to name before she passed out.
She said she was eventually taken to Lagos University Hospital, where they said there was no room for a bed, and she was given four bags of intravenous fluid right on the bus.
In a petition involving Ms Kudirat Adebayo Abayomi, who was killed by a stray police bullet in April 2017, a jury on Friday recommended prosecuting mistaken police officers.
Source: – Sahara Reporter.