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Court fines Police N60m for killing Beninoine national

THE Federal High Court has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N60 million for the illegal killing of a citizen of Benin Republic, Victorin Kpanou, in Lagos on May 29, 2010.
The suit was filed by Falana & Falana’s Chambers on behalf of Mr. Nicolas Kpanou, the father of the deceased.
In the suit, the Applicant had averred that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and the other policemen at the Jakande Police Station, Lekki Expressway, Ajah, Lagos have no power to snuff life out of the deceased without any just cause.
The presiding judge, Justice Mohammed Idris of the Lagos Judicial division of the Federal High Court condemned the extra-judicial killing of the deceased by the police officers after he had been arrested for an undisclosed offence.
The Court rejected the claim of the police that the deceased was killed by unknown persons.
The Court, therefore, upheld the submission of the Applicant’s Counsel, Mrs. Funmi Falana, that the killing violated the fundamental right of the deceased to life.
Apart from ordering the release of the corpse of the deceased to the Applicant for a decent burial, the Court awarded damages of N60 million against the Police.

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