Lagos Judicial panel on Restitution for victims of SARS-Related Abuses has again given cheques of eleven million naira to two petitioners, the family of the late Rasheed Olanrewaju Kareem and Adebayo Yinka.
The Judicial panel found officers of the Nigeria Police Force culpable for brutality.
The widow of late Rasheed Olanrewaju Kareem was awarded N10m for the extra judicial killing of her husband on October 21, 2020.
The panel found that the Nigeria Police Force failed to investigate the unjustified shooting of unarmed persons at the Tejuosho and Ara Lile areas of Surulere in Lagos.
Chairman of the Panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi also recommended that the Nigeria Police Force carries out an Independent investigation into the sporadic and deliberate shooting, to confirm who carried out the shooting and prosecute them accordingly.
In the petition of Yinka Austin Adebayo, the panel awarded him one million naira as compensation for unlawful arrest, brutality and torture by police operatives between September 28-30, 2017.
The panel found that the Petitioner’s evidence was strong and uncontroverted by the Police, in addition to the corroboration by the evidence of the second witness, which prove that Mr Austin’s rights were infringed upon unjustifiably, having being cleared by the DPO of the Ojo Police Command in Lagos of committing any crime, yet he was still transferred to the SARS unit at Ikeja.
The panel also expressed displeasure at the illegal confiscation of his car.
The panel advised police officers not to see the use of force as the hallmark of their profession, and for them to be made accountable for any infractions.
It also called for disciplinary action against the officers including one Sergeant Monday and Sergeant Michael.
Panel has awarded N68.25 million out of a N200 million fund set up by the Lagos State Government, as compensation to 12 petitioners.