Court orders police to pay N50m compensation to family of sleek’s family

Nigeria Police has been ordered to pay N50 million compensation to the family of Daniel Chibuike-Ikeagwuchi, popularly called Sleek who was killed by policemen in the state.

Sleek was shot dead on Saturday, September 19, by a mobile security officer attached to De Topic supermarket, while he was being chased by SARS.

The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the compensation after the deceased family demanded justice for their son whose life was cut short. The family had named the police; Inspector-General Ibrahim Adamu; the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan; and two others in a 1 billion law suit, as compensation for the infringement of the fundamental human rights of the victim.

However, the defendants reportedly did not appeared nor filed responses in two sittings but appeared in court on the last adjourned date of November 23 when they presented a counter-affidavit but was rejected by the High court.

The judgement was delivered on Friday, as the presiding judge, Justice, S.C. Amadi, as he declared that the gruesome murder of Sleek contravened the constitution of Nigeria. Justice Amadi held that the failure of the police to arraign the officers who killed Sleek was illegal and awarded N50million against the defendants.

Noble Njoku, the counsel to the family of the deceased, commended the judge for the judgement and said it would serve as a lesson to Nigerian forces who abuse power.

 

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