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Judicial Commissions Of Inquiry Investigating Police Brutality In Rivers State Strikes Out 2 Petitions: Family Of Slain Taxi Driver Demands N100Million As Compensation

by Anita Ogona

The Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry investigating brutality by the personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad has thrown out two petitions brought before it.

The two petitions were filed by CLIFFORD WALI and THANKGOD NWABEKE.

The petition by CLIFFORD WALI was thrown out for having nothing to do with Police brutality while that of THANKGOD NWABEKE was struck out for lack of jurisdiction after he sought the enforcement of court judgment for police brutality.

Meanwhile, the family of a 31-year-old late taxi driver MARK CHINATU BRIGHT killed by a policeman at Rumuokoro axis of Port Harcourt on February 2018 is demanding one hundred million naira (N100m) as compensation for his death.

Also, the family demanded the prosecution of the police officer that allegedly shot its breadwinner at the popular Rumuokoro Roundabout in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Brother of the victim, Akachi Mark, during Monday’s sitting at the Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Police brutality in Port Harcourt said the 31-year-old was allegedly killed on February 18, 2018, inside his taxi, during a gridlock at the Rumuokoro Roundabout.

“We want justice; justice in the sense that the Police officer who killed our brother and breadwinner should be brought to book. When the former Commissioner of Police, Zaki, visited our family, he promised to bring the trigger-happy policeman to book.

“But, nothing has happened till date. We also want financial compensation to the tune of N100 million because Bright was the family’s breadwinner. Today, his wife who was only four months pregnant when he was killed, his daughter, and our mother, are languishing in hunger in the village,” Akachi stated.

However, counsel for the Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Mercy Nweke, queried that the petitioner did not mention any police officer and sought for an adjournment to enable the Police legal team to visit the Rumuokoro Special Area Division, where the incident allegedly occurred.

Correspondent UGOCHUKWU IWUCHUKWU reports that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry on Police brutality will continue its sitting tomorrow at Obi Wali International Cultural Centre by 10am

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