Justice C.D Green of the Nchia High Court in Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State has awarded the sum of one hundred million naira against the Nigeria Police Force with regards to the fundamental rights suit filed by Godgift Nte Nwokolu against Nigeria Police and two others over the killing of her father, Nte Nwokolu Nte on 24th day of September 2021 by Inspector Emeka attached to Anti-kidnapping unit of Rivers State Police command.
Obaraianenu Nwokolu Esq lawyer for the applicant explained to our correspondent that the court declared and stated that the action of the responder (Nigeria Police Force) in the shooting of the applicant’s father acted against the fundamental rights of right to life of the applicant’s father under section 33, 34 and 35 of 1999 Constitution and also article 4, 5 and 7 of African Charter and Human Peoples Right Ratification and Enforcement Act 1990.
Nwokolu Esq said the court went further to declare that any institution holding the corpse of late Nte Nwokolu should release it to the family.
According to Nwokolu Esq, the court granted the last prayer of the applicant by ordering the cost of 100 million naira to be paid to the family of the applicant as the act of shooting and killing the applicant’s father contravenes his constitutional right to life.
The lawyer posited that the judgment by the court is an opportunity to all citizens to know that they can seek redress in court if the Police or any other individual or entity abuse their right.
The lawyer further explained that on 24th September, 2021 men of Anti-kidnapping unit Miniokoro came to Njuru community of Agbonchia clan in Eleme LGA to effect arrest of some persons when they shot and killed the applicant’s father who was sitting down and watching like every other person.
He said the Police unit on seeing that the man is dead, shot sporadically into the air while carting away his corpse.
The lawyer disclosed that the family wrote a petition to the Commissioner of Police, who minute it to the Anti-kidnapping unit to investigate the veracity of the claims made by the deceased family and report back.
He said rather than investigating the incident the unit kept on threatening the family which warranted the applicant to file action in court.
Nwokolu Esq noted that despite serving four different hearing notice on the Nigeria Police Force, they refused appearing in court till 17th February, 2022 the judgement was given by the court.