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Senate orders police to pay N10b compensation for killing undergraduate

The Senate has asked the Nigeria Police Force to pay the sum of N10 billion to the family of the  final year student of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Chinedu Obi.
The money is to serve as compensation to the deceased family for the loss of their son.
The Senate at plenary on Tuesday indicted the Nigeria Police Force for extra judicial killing of the final year student.
It would be recalled that the late obi was arrested on July 19, 2019 after a disagreement with a phone seller, who accused him of assaulting her.

He died in a controversial circumstance in the custody of the police, who denied him access to his family and medicare.
According to a petition to the Senate by the lawyer to the family, Omemiroro Ogedegbe, the deceased had gone to Otta, Ogun State to visit his friend when he met his untimely death.
While testifying before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, Ogedegbe said the deceased did not resist arrest contrary to a claim by the police.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ogbadu Aliyu, in his presentation had claimed that the deceased was arrested, detained and later granted bail.
“That after his release, he went back to the woman and started beating her and even tried to throw her down from a story building,” he said.
The police boss said the deceased was rearrested and became violent and tried to demobilise an officer, who shot him on his buttock instead of on his legs that he aimed.
In the report presented to the plenary, by the chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, observed that the offence of assault alleged by the phone seller was not a capital offence and should not have led to the suspect being handcuffed.
The Senate condemned the action of the police for the unprofessional manner it handled the civil matter between the phone seller and the late Obi.
In his remark, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over the plenary urged the police to fish out the police officer who shot the late Obi to death for prosecution, according to the laws of the land.

Written by ExpressDay

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