Rivers police have been ordered to pay compensation to the family of a musician killed by their officers.
The Rivers State High Court, based in Port Harcourt, ordered the Nigerian police to pay compensation of 50 million to the family of the popular Daniel Chibuike-Ikeagwuchi named Sleek, who was killed by police officers in the state.
The victim’s family had named the police Inspector General, Ibrahim Adamu; State Police Commissioner Joseph Mukan and two others in a lawsuit he filed to enforce the Fundamental Human Rights of the deceased. Sleek was shot and killed by a team of police officers around Eleme, Eleme Local Government Area of the state on September 19, 2020, sparking protests.
The family had prayed to the court to declare the murder of their son illegal and to award N1bn as compensation. However, it was learned that the defendants neither appeared nor responded in two sessions.
They were said to appear in court on the last postponed date of November 23 when they presented a counter-affidavit that was rejected by the court. In his ruling on Friday, Justice of First Instance Judge SC Amadi granted the claimant’s four sentences and declared that Sleek’s gruesome murder contravened the Nigerian constitution. Amadi also maintained that the failure of the police to prosecute the officers who killed his victim was illegal and awarded N50 million against the defendants.
Sleek’s family attorney, Noble Njoku, described the sentence as justice well served. He said it would act as a deterrent to men in the Nigerian security forces, who use human beings as “point and kill.”