Court Awards N50 Million Naira Damages Against The Nigeria Police For The Unlawful Shooting And Killing Of Joy Odeyemi

Hon. Justice C. Aneke of the Federal High Court Lagos has awarded the sum of Fifty Million Naira (N50, 000,000) to the family of Joy Odeyemi who was unlawfully and arbitrarily shot and killed on the 12th of May, 2012 at the Monalido Night Club, Apapa, Lagos State by the Police. The Court held that the unlawful and unjustified shooting and killing of Joy Odeyemi by the Police amounted to a clear violation of the deceased's right to life guaranteed under Section 33(1) of the 1999 Constitution and Articles 2 and 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

A2Justice had filed a Fundamental Rights Application on the 30th of August 2012 on behalf of the deceased family challenging the unconstitutionality of the shooting and killing. Joy Odeyemi was until her death a 37 year old vibrant and enterprising business woman and the eldest child of the six children of Mrs. Ajoke Odeyemi, a widow.

Emmanuel Odeyemi, the younger brother of the deceased described her as a family woman who treasured their aged mother and narrated that her death was traumatizing for all the members of their family in view of her role as the breadwinner.

Reacting to the Judgment, A2Justice applauded the Court's decision saying it will help fight impunity and lawlessness in the Police Force and support A2Justice' struggle for accountability and justice in the delivery of law enforcement or security services.