#EndSARS: Two victims of police brutality in Lagos gets N20m compensation
The judicial panel investigating police brutality and the shooting of protesters in Lagos has awarded N10 million each as compensations to two victims of police brutality in the state.
The two petitioners are Kudirat Obayomi and Hannah Olugbodi.
Olugbodi, a 35-year-old hairdresser, on November 2020, narrated how she ended up on crutches after her left leg was shattered by a stray bullet fired by some men of the disbanded police Special Anti-Robbery Squad who were attempting to arrest a young man with tattoos in June 2018 at the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos.
She said the SARS operatives were at one Ogun City Hotel, to demand money to fuel their vehicle when they saw the young man with tattoos among a group of persons watching a football match at the hotel.
According to the petitioner, the owner of the hotel, one Abu, who usually gave the SARS operatives money, was not around to attend to them.
She said the SARS operatives labelled the young man with tattoos a Yahoo Yahoo boy (cyber fraudster).
She said an attempt by the SARS operatives to arrest and take the boy with tattoos away was resisted by the other boys, making the SARS operatives resort to firing gunshots.
Olugbodi said she was at Ijesha market trying to buy pepper to prepare food for her children to take to school the following day when she was hit by a stray bullet.
She said the market women rushed towards her and asked her for her address and the name of her husband, which she managed to give before passing out.
She said she was eventually taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where they said there was no bed space and she was given four bags of intravenous fluid right in the bus.
Presentation of a #10 million compensation by the Chairman, Lagos Judicial Panel, retired Justice Doris Okuwobi on behalf of the Lagos State Government to Mrs. Hannah Olugbodi, who suffered grievous body injury as a result of a stray bullet shot by the police.#LASG pic.twitter.com/ju9OBIYdtx
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) February 19, 2021