The police has been ordered to pay N5million in damages to a lady that was assaulted by its officers.
A court in Osun state has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay N5 million to a lady, Tola Azeez assaulted by its officers.
The Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo gave the order on Monday, February 1 in Osun State.
It also ordered the Inspector-General of Police to make sure the money is paid.
Recall in April 2019, a video of the officers assaulting the young lady went viral. Tola was walking along Odo Ori Market in Iwo, to buy a drug for a relative when the officers who were enforcing the lockdown, descended on her, flogging her mercilessly with their whips.
The state police command identified and arrested the erring officers, Ikuesan Taiwo, an inspector and Abass Ibrahim, a corporal.
To protest the assault, a fundamental human right enforcement suit was filed by a lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, on behalf of Ms Azeez.
The presiding judge, Justice Ayo Emmanuel, resolved the matter in favour of the applicant. He held that the actions of the offending officers in the discharge of their official duties as agents of the police amounted to an infringement of the Fundamental Right to Dignity of Ms Azeez, a liability the Nigeria Police Force must shoulder.
He then awarded the sum of N5 million as aggravated and general damages against the police.
Tola also took to her Twitter handle to react to the judgement.
”Happy new month people. According to the Judgement delivered by Justice Ayo Emmanuel at the federal high court in Oshogbo this morning, a sum of 5 million naira has been awarded to be paid to me by the Nigeria Police force as damages regarding to the brutality meted against me
during the lock down. You all stood for me, you all stood by me. I am grateful. It is not over until it is over. The fight against brutality of all forms have just began. Thank you so much. Tola Azeez.”
See her tweet below: