Three Victims of Police Brutality In Bayelsa Awarded N36M
The Three Victims of Police Brutality In Bayelsa Awarded N36M Judgement was at the weekend delivered in favour of three petitioners who were victims of police brutality in Bayelsa State by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and other related offences.
The Panel led by Justice Young Ogola awarded a total of N36 million to the three families of the victims for extra-judicial killings and damages.
The sum of N20 Million was given to Mr. Festus Jericho for the extra-judicial killing of his son on May 2, 2018 by the police and the tough times the family went through as a result of his death.
On the other hand N16 million was also given to two victims shot by the police during a protest in Amassoma, with each of the victims getting N8 million.
In his reaction to the ruling, Barr. Azebi Anthony, Counsel to two of the victims, Mr. Abidei Alawei and Paul Orusa, lauded the state government for serving justice to the victims.
“The Prosperity Government set up the Judicial Panel of Inquiry on EndSARS and other related matters. The victims filed petitions and today judgement was delivered in favour of them.
“So we want to thank the government of the day for setting up the panel at least to assuage their plight”.
Recounting his ordeal, Mr. Abidei Alawei said he was not part of the protest but was hit by a bullet on his way to Yenagoa for an iron bending job.
He said while waiting at the bus park, policemen arrived in their van and opened fire, while he was running a bullet hit his right thigh and penetrated to the other side.
He said he was rescued by his friend who took him to the hospital, adding that he is still in pain and cannot stand for too long.
Paul Orusa, on his part said he needs to go for surgery to remove particles of the bullet that are still in his abdomen.
“What happened to me that day was terrible. I was on the way to the farm with my father when I was shot. I did not know when they came, before we could realize ourselves they shot me.
“I was rushed to Tantua Hospital. The hospital couldn’t contain us because we were many and the police men were coming towards the hospital. They pulled me out and took me to Okolobiri, that was where I got my major treatment”.
Orusa further said “they should help me because I’m still in pains. If government can still give me more it will help because that eight million naira will go for treatment alone”.