Court Orders Police To Pay Family N100m Over Death Of Detainee (Victim Pictured)

                                             Late Patricia Onyeabo and daughter, Amaka
A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos south west Nigeria
today ordered the Nigerian Police Force to pay N100 million compensation to the
family of a female lawyer Patricia Onyeabo who died in Police custody due to
lack of medical care.
The judgement of the court was sequel to the N1billion suit
filed by Patricia’s daughter, Miss Amaka Onyeabo, also a lawyer, against the
Inspector-General of Police, (IGP). Late Mrs. Onyeabo, before her death on 16 May 16 2014, was
the Legal Adviser/Secretary to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).

Joined as co- respondents in the suit were the Lagos state
Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nigerian Railway
Corporation headquarters.

Amaka in an affidavit filed by her Lawyer, Chief Anthony
Idigbe, SAN asked for declarations that the unsubstantiated indictment in a
letter, leading to the harassment, detention, intimidation, humiliation and
restriction of movement of her late mother since April 25, 2014, until her
death on May 16, 2014, by the respondents was frivolous, vindictive, wicked,
smacked of gross impunity, and was unlawful, unconstitutional and a breach of
the fundamental rights of the deceased.

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