Court Awards N50m Against IG, Rivers State Commissioner of Police for Extra Judicial Killing

A Port Harcourt High Court has awarded a N50m against Rivers State Police Command and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for Killing of two brothers by the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
The court found the five-man team of men SARS led by one ASP Samuel Chigbu guilty of extra judicially killing two young men, Michael Akor and Michael Igwe at Oyigbo Local government area of Rivers State.
Twenty eight-year old Michael Akor and his colleague, Michael Igwe were arrested while going about their duties on June 22, 2009 and killed in a bush at Oyigbo on June 23, 2009
Justice Adolphus Enebeli of the High Court in Port Harcourt, while ruling in the enforcement of fundamental human rights suit before him, declared that ASP Samuel Chigbu and his men undoubtedly and intentionally killed the two young men.
He said the SARS officials violated Sections of the constitution on extrajudicial executions, adding that no investigation was carried out by the Police before killing the young graduates.
Justice Enebeli said after careful consideration of all the evidences before him, it was clear that the SARS men failed in their responsibility to investigate and try the two Michaels before killing them.
He said claims that the two young men were killed during a cross fire between the police and some gunmen perceived to members of their alleged gang could not be substantiated.
He also said “it is not a coincidence that the two Michaels were shot at the same part of their body, died at the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital at the same time and buried at the same place and time.”
The Judge said SARS in Rivers state has acquired “the notoriety of extra judicial killings, destroying the image of the Rivers state Police Command.”
The court thus awarded the sum of N50m to the families of the deceased as compensation to be paid by the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police in Rivers state.
ASP Samuel Chigbu and four other SARS officers have since been dismissed from the Police Force.
They are also standing trial on murder charges and extrajudicial execution before Justice Margaret Opara of a High Court in Port Harcourt.

Author: News Editor

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