A Nigerian man, Kingsley Kalu, has said the police should compensate him with N200 million and procure a prosthetic for his use for losing his leg to a bullet from the gun of a police officer, Daniel Akpabio, in Abuja.
Kalu told the Independent Investigation Panel on allegations of human rights violations by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other police units sitting in the nation’s capital city on Monday.
In his petition, Kalu admitted that the Divisional Police Officer of the Maitama of Police Division paid him a sum of N150,000 when he was on admission at Cedar Crest Hospital before he was later transferred to the National Hospital for surgery.
According to Kalu, he was out with his wife and brother-in-law one evening when he was shot by the policeman.
The incident led to the amputation of his leg.
He said the sad incident happened on October 18, 2017, two months after his wedding.
According to him, Akpabio, a policeman with the defunct SARS, shot him in the leg.
Kalu also informed the panel that he petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, asking for the dismissal of Akpabio, a compensation of N200 million, and a prosthetic leg.
He told the panel that his appearance at the panel was fuelled by the negligence of the Nigeria Police after he was shot in the left leg by one of its men.
But the counsel for the respondents, Fidelis Ogobe, said Akpabio faced an internal investigative body of the police when the complaint was lodged and found guilty.
Ogobe said Akpabio was recommended for dismissal. He went further to say that Akpabio would soon be charged to court in accordance with the law.
Though Kalu’s counsel, Edwin Muoguzo, was absent at the hearing, the panel listened to the defence of the counsel of the respondents and noted that the first defendant, Akpabio, had conducted himself in a criminal manner which contradicts the statutory provisions of the police force.
Ogobe informed the 11-member investigative board that Akpabio had become a personal liability to himself and that the Nigeria Police would not be accountable for any acts detrimental to the Force.
SaharaReporters, New York