Court orders Police to pay N50m compensation to family of slain musician
The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered the Nigeria Police to pay N50million
compensation to the family of Daniel Chibuike-Ikeagwuchi, popularly known as Sleek who was killed
by some trigger happy policemen in the state.
Court orders Police to pay N50m, The Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has ordered
the Nigeria Police to pay N50 million compensation to the family of The victim, the family had named
the police; Inspector-General Ibrahim Adamu; the state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan; and
two others in a suit it filed to enforce the fundamental human rights of the deceased.
A team of policemen shot and killed Sleek around Eleme, Eleme Local Government Area of the state, on
September 19, 2020, resulting in protests.
The family had prayed the court to declare the killing of their son unlawful and to award N1bn as compensation.
NSL learned that the defendants neither appeared nor filed responses in two sittings.
Delivering judgement in the case on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice, S.C. Amadi, granted the four
prayers of the claimant and declared that the gruesome murder of Sleek contravened the constitution of Nigeria.
Justice Amadi held that the failure of the police to arraign the officers who killed Sleek was illegal and awarded
N50million against the defendants.
Counsel to the family of the deceased, Noble Njoku, applauded the judge for the judgement and said it would
serve as a deterrent to men of Nigerian security forces who abuse power.