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#EndSARS: Judicial Panel Compensates Victim’s Family With N10 Million

The #EndSARS judicial panel in Lagos state, Southwest Nigeria, has ‘compensated’ late Kolade Johnson’s family, two years after his murder by a police officer.

The Judicial Panel hearing matters on police brutality in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria has awarded the sum of N10 million to the family of the late Kolade Johnson who was killed by Nigeria police officers in 2019.

Doris Okwuobi, chairperson of the Panel, on Friday, June 25, 2021, handed over the cheque to the deceased’s mother after ruling that the victim’s family be given restitution for what they had suffered, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Johnson was shot during a raid by police officers at Onipetesi area in Lagos, while watching an English premiership match between Tottenham and Manchester United on March 31, 2019.

Following the incident, a social media outrage had compelled the police authorities to arrest Ogunyemi Olalekan, a police inspector, and Godwin Orji, a sergeant, as those responsible for Kolade’s death.

Olalekan was dismissed from the force after he was found guilty by an orderly trial  while Orji was acquitted but demoted. Olalekan is still facing charges of murder at the Lagos High Court.

The panel’s chair recommended that police officers be evaluated psychologically, and trained on fundamental human rights.

The panel also paid compensations to other victims of police violence including Lucky Igbinovia (₦5m) Elvis Irenuma (₦5m), Effiong Edu (₦5m), Olajide Fowotade (₦2m), Sulaimon Raheem (₦8m), Osidipe Sunday (₦3m), and Francis Osajiokweh (₦3m).

Others are Gloria Ezeh (₦10m), Emmanuel Ajomafuwe (₦2m), late Jessica Adaobi, Uzor Chukwu (₦10m) and Suleimon Olaoye (₦10m).

Restitution payment was part of the demands of the #EndSARS protest, a nationwide campaign against police brutality and extra-judicial killings in Nigeria which lasted for about two weeks in October 2020. 

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