The Bayelsa State Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality and Other Related Matters has delivered fresh judgement on two cases and awarded the total sum of N36 million to the deceased families as compensation for extra-judicial killing and unlawful destruction of property.
The Justice Young Ogola-led panel said the actions of the Nigeria Police, who shot at protesters in Amassoma in 2018, and the invasion and destruction of houses in Toru-Ndoro community in Ekeremor Local Government Area by the military was unconstitutional and a violation of the fundamental human right of the victims.
Speaking to journalists after the verdict of the panel, a member of the state chapter of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), David West, expressed satisfaction with the recommendations of the panel.
He said the award of N14 million to the family of Late Sunday Gboun who was killed by the Nigeria Police during the Amassoma crisis, was a welcome development, as it will go a long way to give them a sense of justice.
The panel also awarded the sum of N22 million as compensation to one Agorowei Godwin Tukuwei whose house was destroyed by the military in 2018 during a raid in Toru-Ndoro. His counsel, Barrister Richman Godgift Tax-Bugu, thanked the panel for the recommendation.
Four cases were slated for judgement by the panel but two were adjourned to a later date for an undisclosed reason.