Delta to pay police brutality victims N102m

The Delta State Government has said it will pay N102,450,000 to victims of police brutality in the state.

The Secretary to Delta State Government, Chief Patrick Ukah, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Asaba.

He said, “Delta State Government wishes to inform all Deltans and residents of the state that government has received and considered the report of the judicial panel of inquiry that was constituted to enquire into complaints of police brutality and related extra-judicial killings in the state.

“The panel which was inaugurated in October, 2020, received a total of 86 petitions for which it conducted public hearings in Asaba and Warri with full legal representation for all parties.”

The SSG noted that the panel did not treat all petitions, adding that some of them were still in courts in the state.

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“The panel was able to establish acts of police brutality in some cases, resulting in death or denial of personal liberty and accordingly awarded monetary compensation for the victims in these cases.

“In the same vein, the panel upheld judgments earlier delivered by High Courts in the state for various cases of police brutality, which judgments have not been complied with till date, including payment of judgement debts associated with them.

“The State Government, having considered the panel’s recommendations in these two categories of cases, has accepted to pay the incidental claims recommended for the victims, amounting to the sum of N102,450,000. This payment will be effected in due course,” the statement added.

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