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Lagos Judicial Panel awards N10m each to 2 victims of police brutality

The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry has awarded monetary compensations to two petitioners who were victims of police brutality.

The panel was set up last year after hundreds of Nigerians protested nationwide against years of police brutality especially focused on the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.

The panel was mandated to hear petitions from alleged victims and ensure they get justice through prosecution of offenders, and compensation as a form of relief for the victims.

The Justice Doris Okuwobi-led panel on Friday, February 19, 2021 awarded 10 million each to Hannah Olugbodi, and Adebayo Abayomi.

Adebayo Abayomi was awarded N10 million for the police killing of his mother [Lagos SARS Panel]
Adebayo Abayomi was awarded N10 million for the police killing of his mother [Lagos SARS Panel]

Olugbodi had told the panel about how a stray police bullet had hit her leg in 2018, when officers were trying to extort some young men around Ijesha market.

The hairstylist spent six months at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and now walks with the aid of a crutch.

Abayomi’s compensation was awarded on behalf of his mother, Kudirat, who was killed by a stray bullet fired by SARS officers who were attempting to arrest internet fraudsters in 2017.