Saturday, March 20, 2021

Lady demands N5bn compensation over father’s killing at El-Zakzaky’s protest

20-year-old woman, Fatima Kabiru-Ahmed, has sued the Inspector-General (IG) of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and others, demanding N5 billion compensation over the alleged killing of her father.

In a fundamental rights enforcement suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/364/2021 filed by her lawyer, Bala Dakum, at the Federal High Court, Abuja, the woman said the killing of her father, Mr Kabiru, by the police amounted to gross violation of his rights as enshrined in 1999 Constitution.

Also joined in the suit dated and filed on March 16 as second to fourth respondents respectively is the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command, Bala Ciroma; the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and Medical Director, Wuse District Hospital.

Ms Fatima, the first daughter of Kabiru, according to the originating motion, sought the court’s declaration that the killing of her father was illegal and unlawful.

She also sought “an order of the court directing the respondents to jointly and severally pay the applicant the sum of five billion naira for the killing of late Mr Kabiru.

“An order of the court directing the respondents to tender a formal apology to the applicant and her family by publishing the same in two national daily newspapers.”

In the affidavit in support of the motion, the applicant deposed that her father, among others, was shot by the police on January 26 while on a peaceful protest at the National Human Rights Commission at Maitama, Abuja, to demand the release of the wife of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky’s wife, Malama Zeenah, who was said to have contracted COVID-19 virus while in detention.

“They made efforts to take my father to the hospital because he was bleeding profusely but the agents of the first and second respondents scared them off with gunshots and took my father away,” she said.

 She said Mr Kabiru’s body was later found at Wuse District Hospital after several efforts.

Ms Fatima said her father died and left behind her mother and ten children: six boys and four girls.

“I am the oldest of my siblings and I am only 20 years old,” she added.

According to her, her father was the sole breadwinner and life has become unbearable since his untimely demise and that all her siblings have dropped out of school because they cannot afford to pay their school fees.

As at the time of filing the report, the case was yet to be assigned to a judge.

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