Lagos Panel Awards N7.5 Million To Petitioner Who Spent Six Years In Prison Without Trial

The Lagos State judicial panel, has awarded a a petitioner, Marc Chidiebere Nwadi, N7.5 million for spending six years in prison without trial.

The Lagos government had found out the judicial panel to probe police brutality on victims.

In her ruling on Friday, chairperson of the panel, Doris Okuwobi, held that the petitioner suffered within the hands of cops due to his inability to supply a bribe.

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Okuwobi presented a cheque of N7.5 million to the petitioner on behalf of the government .

The chairperson said the petitioner endured six years in prison with none justification.

“His inability to supply bribes led to trumped-up charges, as a result he was kept within the awaiting trial section of the Kirikiri maximum security for 6 years,” she said.

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“The petitioner was incarcerated within the prime of his life without justification for 6 years and was never tried or sentenced for any crime despite enduring an extended six-year stay in prison and losing an important a part of his youth and opportunities.

“We hereby give a gift of N7.5 million in favor of the petitioner.”

Okuwobi also recommended that the investigating policeman responsible of the case should be sanctioned by the police and suspended for 6 months without pay which other cops involved should be suspended for 3 months.

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The petitioner came to Lagos in 1999 to go to his brother but couldn’t locate his address and was arrested by cops at a bus park.

He later spent six years in prison, awaiting trial.

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