The Bayelsa State Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Other Related Matters investigating extra-judicial killings by the police has recommended the sum of N15 million to be paid to the Kokorifa family for the killing of their 17-year-old son, Innocent.
The late Innocent Kokorifa was shot dead by an officer of the Anti-Vice Patrol team of the Nigerian Police in Yenagoa on August 18, 2016.
The father of the slain Innocent, Mr. Daniel Kokorifa, a native of Okpotuwari Community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, who had in his petition prayed the panel led by Retired Justice Young Ogola to award his family the sum of N16 million, expressed appreciation to the panel for doing justice to the case.
The panel also gave recommendations on three other cases involving students of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amassoma, as well as the killing by soldiers of a young man, Bolouzimo Tula from Agudama-Ekpetiama Community in Yenagoa Local Government Area.
Barrister Kwokor Sariki, counsel to one of the victims of the Amassoma killings, Eze Amadi, advised security personnel to exercise restraint when dealing with unarmed citizens.
Also, Barrister Azebi Bobobraye Anthony, counsel to another victim of the Amassoma saga, who survived gunshots wound, Oyimbonugha Ogbe, thanked the panel for recommending the payment of N13 million to his client to seek better medical attention.
On his part, Barrister Tula Ebimiefa, the counsel to late Bolouzimo Tula, however expressed dissatisfaction over the ruling of the panel, despite recommending the sum of N15 million as compensation to the deceased family.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, had inaugurated the Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police Brutality, Violation of Rights of Citizens and Unlawful Killings in response to the demands of the #EndSARS protests across the country last year.