By Temi Joshua
The Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry has awarded compensations to two petitioners who were victims of police brutality.
The panel which was set up last year after hundreds of Nigerians protested nationwide against years of police brutality especially focused on the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force awarded N10million to the two petitioners, Kudirat Obayomi and Hannah Olugbodi.
Olugbodi,a 35-year-old hairdresser, on November 2020, had told the panel about how she ended up on crutches after a stray police bullet had hit her leg in 2018, when officers were trying to extort some young men around Ijesha market, adding that she spent six months at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), and now walks with the aid of a crutch.
Abayomi’s compensation was awarded on behalf of his mother, Kudirat, who was killed by a stray bullet fired by SARS officers who were attempting to arrest internet fraudsters in 2017.