By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The parents of the late Idris Ajibola who was allegedly chased to death by yet-to-be-identified police officers in Osogbo, Osun State have demanded the sum of N5billion as compensation for the death of their son.
The parents of the deceased made the demand before the Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, Human Rights Violations and Related Extra Judicial Killings at the resumed hearing on Friday.
Mr. Kehinde and Mrs. Titilayo Ajibola, parents of the deceased, had approached the panel to seek justice for the killing of their son.
The mother of the deceased, Mrs. Ajibola, while addressing journalists after she tendered some documents as exhibits through her counsel before the panel, insisted that the Police and other concerned authorities must fish out the killers of her son and pay the family a sum of N5billion as compensation.
Counsel to the petitioners, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola, who also briefed the press after the hearing, said the parents insisted on the payment of N5billion as compensation in order to teach police an unforgettable lesson, let the officers and men of the Force bear the brunt of their brutality and to serve as a deterrent to other erring officers.
“We have two prayers before the panel. One, we are asking that the killers, the chasers that chased the deceased to death, be investigated and brought to book. And secondly for somebody to have nurtured a promising son whose life was untimely terminated, we should be given a sum of N5billion as damages to teach two lessons.
“Though we understand the fact that no amount of money can quantify the soul of the deceased, we felt that it was necessary for the parents of the slain to be adequately compensated.The knowledge in this is that the moment the Police bear the brunt of their brutality, it would bring senses to the system; it would bring normalcy to the system and it will bring direction to the system as to the need for the officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to always go professionally.
“Doing this, is for them to go and protect the lives and property of the citizenry, and not to take their lives or victimise them. The compensation we are seeking for is to teach the top hierarchy of the police the need to caution their subjects from time to time so that they would not go and be killing people, beating people and using guns meant to protect the citizens to victimise or brutalise them as seen in the way they have been doing. We want to establish that lesson.
“Secondly, though there is no amount of money that can quantify the life of the deceased, the parents that have laboured and invested hugely on the deceased must be adequately compensated. So, our ground on this is non-negotiable because we are determined to pursue this case beyond any limit. If the recommendation given in the panel at the end of the matter is not palatable to us, we have all it takes to take the matter beyond this place. We are resolute to fight this cause to the last length. A lesson must be channelled and taught,” he said.
Corroborating her counsel, Mrs. Ajibola said the request for the huge sum of money was aimed at quantifying what the deceased would have done for them if not killed untimely.
The Panel adjourned the Ajibola case to 19th of February for further hearing.