For Torture To Death over Chicken, Court Orders Police To Pay N210m Compensation

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A Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi has penalized the Nigeria police and awarded a hefty sum of money against them

For turtuing the resulted to the death of Ibrahim Babangida and Ibrahim Samailaand injuring Abdulwahab Bello, over alleged theft of chickens belonging to a retired police officer, the court as the police to pay the sum of N210 million to there victims.

It was said that SP Baba Ali, Divisional Police Officer of the Township Division, on July 21, 2020, allegedly tortured the suspect to death.

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However, Bello survived with life-threatening injuries, then slammed three separate suits demanding N150 million each for himself and his two friends against the police as damages and compensation, the punch report.

Joined in the three separate suits, instituted at the Federal High Court, Bauchi, on October 22, 2020, are the DPO superintendent of Police Baba Ali who is the 1st defendant; Sergeant Jibril Mohammed, 2nd defendant; Inspector General of Police, 3rd defendant; Commissioner of Police Bauchi State, 4th defendant and the Police Service Commission as 5th defendant.

Delivering the three judgements separately against the respondents during the Court’s sitting on Friday, the Presiding Judge, Justice Hassan Dikko, said that the action of the Police against the three accused amounted to an infringement of their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

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He, therefore, awarded the sum of N100 million each to the biological mothers of the two deceased and N10 million to the mother of the survivor as compensation and general damages, with a 10 percent interest rate per annum until the total amounts are fully paid.

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