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Court Issues N50m Damages Against Nigerian Army For Beating Father Of Three To Death

Oladele was said to have been arrested and beaten by soldiers in their bid to help a businessman to recover a debt from him.

Court Issues N50m Damages Against Nigerian Army For Beating Father Of Three To Death 1

The Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State, has awarded N60m as damages against the Nigerian Army for the murder of one Otunba Ajayi Oladele.

Mr Oladel was said to have died as a result of a spinal cord injury he sustained when he was arrested and beaten by some soldiers in Warri in 2017.

The father of three was arrested and beaten by soldiers in their bid to help a businessman to recover a debt from him.

After he suffered a broken spinal chord during the beating, the soldiers rushed him to the military hospital in Benin and called his wife to make arrangement for her husband to be taken home.

The late Otunba died few minutes after the soldiers dropped him on the floor of the emergency room of the Central Hospital, Warri.

Following his death, his widow, Esther Oladele, and their three children, filed the fundamental rights enforcement suit marked FHC/WR/CS/93/2017 against the Nigerian Army, one Lt. Col. T. A. Yakubu and Sergeant Hassan Hassan.

The suit was instituted on behalf of the plaintiffs by their lawyer, Mr Kunle Edun, who prosecuted the case for them free of charge.

Justice Emeka Nwite in the judgment delivered on December 10, 2019, declared that the four “plaintiffs’ right to life and therefore good and reasonable comfort of life have been violated by the acts of the defendants by the unlawful killing of Otunba Ajayi Oladele being that the deceased was the parent of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th plaintiffs and husband to the 1st plaintiff and also the breadwinner of the family.”

In the copy of the judgment on Wednesday, the judge made an order “awarding the sum of N50,000,000 as general and exemplary damages jointly and severally against the defendants in favour of the plaintiffs as a result of the unlawful/wrongful death of Otunba Ajayi Oladele and for loss of consort, fatherly love/care, comfort and disruption of the family life of the plaintiffs.”

The judge also awarded N100,000 against the defendants and in favour of the plaintiffs as cost of prosecuting the case.

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