A federal high court in Abuja has awarded the sum of N15 million against the Nigerian police force over the killing of three members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), TheCable is reporting.
The judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo also ordered the National Hospital in Abuja to release the three bodies deposited at its mortuary.
Ahmad Musa, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Yusuf Abubakar Faska had filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the police, claiming the killing of their brothers, Mahdi Musa, Biliaminu Abubakar Faska and Suleiman Shehu, was an infringement of their rights to life and liberty.
The applicants alleged the deceased were killed on July 22, 2019 while on a protest to demand the freedom of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader, and his wife.
Throughout the duration of the proceedings, the police never made legal appearances neither did they file an affidavit to counter the reliefs sought by the applicants, the news media said.
The judge while delivering judgment, held that the rights of the dead men were indeed breached.
He ordered the respondents to pay N5 million as damages to each of the applicants, and release the bodies of the dead to them for burial.
But he did not grant the request that the Nigerian police should tender an apology in two national newspapers.