22 Million Naira damages to the family of a 3 year old girl killed by a police officer in Lagos.

 

As part of Access to Justice’s effort to assist the indigent and marginalized persons, as well as ensuring that law enforcement officers are held accountable for any abuse or excesses with regards to the sanctity of human lives in the discharge of their duties, the justice advocacy group filed a civil action in the Federal High Court of Lagos for the unlawful killing of 3 year old Kausarat Saliu, who was brutally murdered following a gunshot by Corporal I.K Nwabueze, a police officer attached to the Alapere-Ketu Division of the Nigeria Police.

Kausarat who was killed on the 5th of April, 2009 the eve of her 3rd birthday was described by her parents as an intelligent and inquisitive child who, with good education, had the prospect of growing into an independent, responsible and resourceful person.

The Hon. Justice Abang of the Federal High Court, Lagos while delivering his Judgment condemned the killing of Kausarat as unlawful and wrongful. The Court stated that no amount of money or damages awarded can assuage the wrong done to both the victim and her parents.  In awarding damages against the police, the Court awarded the sum of N22 Million in favour of the parents of the deceased child.

Access to Justice also ensured that the Judgment of the court was not delivered in futility and in order to enforce the said judgment as well as get the judgment sum for the parents of the deceased, Access to Justice filed a garnishee proceeding in execution of the judgment sum. The said sum was thereafter paid to the parents of the deceased child.