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Justice for Sleek: Court orders N50m compensation for family to be paid by Nigeria Police

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A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has awarded the sum of N50m as compensation to the family of Daniel Chibuike Ikeaguchi also known as Sleek against Nigerian Police, Inspector General of Police, State Commissioner of Police and two of its officers.

 

Sleek is said to have been gruesomely murdered by the operatives of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit of Rivers State Police Command on the 19th of September, 2020 leading to a fundamental Human Rights suit against the defendants in the matter.

 

 

In two of the sittings before Justice, S.C Amadi, the defendants were never in court but appeared on the last adjourned of date 23rd of November to file counter affidavit on the four prayers of the claimant which was refused by the court following the argument by the claimant counsel.

 

 

The trial Judge, in his Judgment granted the four prayers of the claimant which includes declaration that the gruesome murder of Sleek contravenes the constitution of Nigeria and that not arraigning the officers who pull out the trigger against the victim before a court was illegal amongst others.

 

Our correspondent Uchendu Ejiowhor reports that the claimants had demanded for one billion naira but the judge awarded fifty million naira and directed that the money be paid in due course.

 

 

Speaking to newsmen outside the court, counsel to the family of late Sleek, Noble Njoku described the Judgment as justice well served.

 

 

 

Domenic Ikeaguchi-Oyekwu who is the father of Late Sleek and his mother who to newsmen said the Judgment will heal their wound to a certain level even if their son would not come back alive.

 

 

It would interest you to note that the family of late Sleek had in the pursuit for justice for their murdered son approached the Judicial Panel of Inquiry Investigating alleged murder, violation of fundamental Rights of citizens and other forms of brutality by men and officers of Nigerian Police.

 

But the payers were dismissed by the panel following the pending matter in court.

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