BEVERLY HILLS, March 27, (THEWILL) – In a landmark judgement, a Federal High Court sitting in Bauchi has awarded a N210 compensatory package against the police to three victims of police brutality and extrajudicial killing in the state.
The court was convinced that two of the victims –Ibrahim Babangida and Ibrahim Sama’Ila, were tortured to death by the police after being accused of stealing 24 chickens belonging to a retired police officer.
In his ruling on Friday, the presiding Justice Hassan Dikko awarded the sum of N100 million as compensation to each of the families of the deceased.
The only surviving victim, 30-year-old Abdulwahab Bello, was also awarded N10 million compensation for the brutality, senseless arrest and torture he suffered.
The events that led to the judgement began with an allegation of chicken theft against the victims on July 21, 2020.
Bello and his late friends were indicted in the crime, after which they were arrested and detained at the Township Division “A” Police Station in Bauchi.
He recalled how one Superintendent Baba Ali, who was the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) at the time, used a pestle to torture him and his two friends who died as a result of the brutality.
“He hit Ibrahim continuously until his last breath,” the visibly moody survivor, who now limps, said.
Bello and the families of his late friends filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Bauchi.
Joined as respondents were Ali, one Sergeant Jibrin Mohammed, the Commissioner of Police in Bauchi, the Inspector General of Police, and the Police Service Commission.
Five months after the suit was filed, Justice Dikko delivered judgement and ruled that there was a clear case of extrajudicial killing.
According to the judge, the action of the police amounts to the infringement of the victims’ fundamental human right to dignity.
“Justice has been served and I am happy but for the children who lost their lives, I pray for the repose of their souls,” said Babangida Ibrahim, the father of one of the late victims.