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Court Orders Police To Pay Shiites N15m For Killing Three Members

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Nigeria Police Force to pay the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), also known as Shiites, the sum of N15 million over the killing of three members of the sect.

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Taiwo Taiwo, the judge, also ordered the release of the remains of the slain members from the National Hospital in Abuja.

Ahmad Musa, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Yusuf Abubakar Faska had filed a fundamental rights enforcement suit against the police, claiming the killing of their brothers, Mahdi Musa, Biliaminu Abubakar Faska and Suleiman Shehu, was an infringement of their rights to life and liberty.

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The applicants alleged the deceased were killed on July 22, 2019 while on a peaceful protest to demand the freedom of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader, and his wife, at the federal secretariat in Abuja. They also asked the court to direct the police to issue an apology to the group in two national newspapers.

The Inspector-General of Police is the first respondent while the medical directors of the National Hospital, and Asokoro District Hospital are both second respondent in separate suits.

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Taiwo granted N5 million each to the three applicants and ordered the release of the bodies for burial. He however dismissed the request that the police tenders an apology in three national newspapers.

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The police never made any legal appearance throughout the case. They also did not counter the reliefs sought by the applicants.

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