26 December 2013

Nigeria: Lawmaker Demands N30 Million for Victims of Police Shooting

Birnin Kebbi — The member representing Yauri/Ngaski/Shanga Federal Constituency, Rep.Hon Garba Umar Uba Bullet, has asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to pay N30 million compensation to families of the two persons killed by police last week in Warra, Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

In an interview with journalists yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, the lawmakers said he had already reported the incident to the House Committee on Police Affairs.

"We are not at war, so why should a DPO and his men take arms against defenceless civilians over a squabble. This is wrong and we will not fold our arms and allow such kind of lawlessness.

"We shall work alongside the state government to take every necessary and legal step to ensure full investigation and prosecution of those officers indicted.

He expressed condolences to the families of the two persons allegedly killed by the police and the other three that survived the shooting, assuring them of adequate compensation.

It could be recalled that the two people were allegedly killed when police shot at irate persons who were protesting the alleged illegal arrest and detention of a primary school teacher who happened to be one of the three survivors of the shooting.

Daily Trust learnt that the police have already launched an investigation into the incident, even as Governor Saidu Dakingari has given N1million to the three survivors and N2million each to the families of the deceased.

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