Court Orders Police To Pay N15m To Families Of 3 Islamic Movement Members

On Monday, The Federal High Court, Abuja awarded the sum of N15 million against the Nigerian police over the killings of three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, The Struggle Newspaper reported.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in his judgment, also ordered the National Hospital, Abuja, to immediately release the three corpses in its morgue.

The judge, however, did not grant the prayer that the Nigerian police should tender an apology in two national newspapers.

Justice Taiwo while granting Reliefs A and C of the applicants, said each of the applicants must be paid a sum of N5 million as compensation for the killings.

The Struggle Newspaper reported that; the IGP is the 1st respondent while the medical directors of National Hospital, Abuja, and Asokoro District Hospital are both 2nd respondent in the four separate charges.

Suleiman Shehu, Mahdi Musa, Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska and Askari Hassan were killed by agents of the 1st respondent on July 22, 2019 while on a peaceful protest to demand for the freedom of their Leader, Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife, at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja.

While the bodies of Suleiman Shehu, Mahdi Musa and Bilyaminu Abubakar Faska were deposited at National Hospital, Abuja, the body of Askari Hassan was kept in Asokoro District Hospital.

Ibrahim Abdullahi, Ahmad Musa, Yusuf Faska and Said Haruna were the applicants of the deceased in the suit.

However, throughout the duration of the court proceedings, the Nigerian police neither filed a counter affidavit nor send a lawyer for representation. 

NAN reported with some corrections from The Struggle Newspaper. 

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