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Court Orders Police To Pay N15M Fine Over Killing Of Three Shi’ites

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has awarded the sum of N15 million against the Nigerian Police Force. This follows the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed against the police, claiming the killing of three El-Zakzaky’s followers.

The judgment which was delivered on Monday (today) by Justice Taiwo Taiwo, also ordered the National Hospital in Abuja to release the three bodies deposited at the hospital’s mortuary.

The suit had been filed by the brothers of the deceased; Ahmad Musa, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Yusuf Abubakar Faska, who claimed that there was an infringement in the rights to life and liberty of Mahdi Musa, Biliaminu Abubakar Faska and Suleiman Shehu who were killed by the police.

The applicants alleged that the deceased were killed on July 22, 2019 while on a peaceful protest to demand the freedom of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, at the federal secretariat in Abuja.

They also asked the court to direct the police to issue an apology to the group in two national newspapers.

The Police IG is the first respondent while the medical directors of the National Hospital and Asokoro District Hospital are both second respondent in separate suits.

The bodies of the deceased were said to have been deposited at the National Hospital.

Throughout the duration of the proceedings, the police never made legal appearances neither did they file any affidavit to counter the reliefs sought by the applicants.

The judge while delivering judgment, held that the rights of the dead men were indeed breached.

He ordered the respondents to pay N5 million as damages to each of the applicants, and release the bodies of the dead to them for burial.

However, the request for public apology in two national newspapers by the police was not granted.

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