Imo To Compensate 125 Petitioners

The Imo State Judicial Investigative Committee, after reviewing cases of police brutality, recommended compensation to 125 applicants after they were brutally treated by Nigerian police officers.

This was disclosed by the Secretary of the Committee, Mr. Isaac Oguzie.

According to him, 20 applications were issued because they were not eligible as nine notes were received from stakeholders.

The panel received a total of 154 appeals and was led by a panel chaired by Justice Florence Duruoha-Igwe.

According to Oguzie, the memos were obtained from ministries, departments and agencies (MDA), the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS), and the youth and student union government for positive action.

Others were police officers whose facilities were destroyed in local government venues and demonstrations.

The secretary said the army had been summoned by communities in the Mbaitoli Local Government Area to testify on allegations against them

However, despite the fact that the police were represented by their advisers, all the police officers mentioned in the various petitions refused to come.

Mr Isaac said 125 people would be given various amounts of money and compensation for being harassed by police officers.

“Although the jury recommended cash prizes, the government must decide,” he added.

The Commission opened on November 3, 2020 and completed its mandate on May 4, 2021


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