The Independent Investigative Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and other units of the Nigerian Police force on Thursday commended the Nigerian Police for efforts made in resolving issue of stray bullet complained by one Mrs Patience Ajebo on behalf of her daughter, Miss Favour Ajebo who was the victim.
The Presiding judge, Justice Suleiman Galadima (Rtd) noted that at least for the first time, there was no denial from the Police, adding that the Police went extra mile to take care of the medical treatment of the victim, 12 -year -old Miss Favour Ajebo who was on her way back from school for a JSS2 examinations in her school in Abuja before being hit by the stray bullet.
Further, Justice Galadima commended the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) which took up the case upon receipt of complaint from the victim, leading to the resolution of the case.
However, Justice Galadima ordered that even though the Police has paid the victim the sum of N140, 000 being compensation for medical treatments, the Police should endeavour to offset the outstanding balance of N30,000 which the victim claimed was part of the total sum of N170,000 medical bills spent in both National Hospital, Abuja and other treatments.
The Panel Chairman also ordered that the Police should take the victim for further medical examination since she still complains of pains all over her body despite being treated after the incident occurred on 27th November, 2019.
In addition, Justice Galadima urged the Police to also support the victim’s mother, Mrs Patience Ajebo, who prayed the panel for compensation to enable her to restart her business which was grounded since the incident as she had spent her resources in taking care of her daughter.
Prior to the panel’s commendation to the Police and order, the Victim speaking through her Mother while being led by the panel’s legal team as her counsel, told the panel how she submitted complaint to the National Human Rights Commission on what happened to her daughter.
The panel’s legal team is led by Chino Obiagwu (SAN), Frank Etietie, Uwadindu Okoh and Olawole Afolabi while the respondents were represented by M. Taiwo and Fidelix Ngwube.
Led in evidence by Uwadindu Okoh, the complainant, Mrs Ajebo narrated that the incident occurred in front of Green Plate Restaurant, Wuse, Abuja on 27 November, 2019 on her way back from school with her younger brother.
She also identified her petition on what happened to her daughter to the National Human Rights Commission dated 28 November, 2019 but received and acknowledged on 4 December, 2019.
Among other documents tendered in evidence include, National Hospital treatment payment receipts; payment appointment slip; National Hospital Abuja Interim invoice; photo and three x-rays of the victim; copies correspondences between the Inspector General of Police and the National Human Rights Commission in respect of the matter.
Further, the complainant acknowledged the receipt of N140,000 from the FCT Police Command.
She also said since the incident, her daughter had not been going to school due to lack resources to sustain her schooling and medical treatment, adding that even the JSS2 examination was not completed.