SARS: Father Seeks N50million Compensation for Son’s Killing

A sixty six year old man, Kolawole Owoade has cried to the Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality for the award of fifty million naira as general compensation for the loss of his son Adewale Owoade killed by men of Special Anti Robbery Squads in 2006.

Mr.  Owoade also said the money would also help him to take care of the  mother of the deceased who had been on sick bed since the incident occurred.

Pursuing his petition before the Panel, Mr. Owoade said on November 11, 2006, one of their neighbors called Mr. Lasunkanmi reported to one Morufu Ogundele the recharge card he was selling had been stolen, and the latter reported the case to the Police and mentioned his son Adewale Owoade.

He said they were coming from church on that day when he was approached by the six SARS officers who asked him if he were the father to Adewale. 

He said “the SARS left us and went inside without permission to search our house with gun, they scattered everywhere with gun. As some of them were searching our house, we suddenly heard a  gunshot from outside which forced us to rush out. “

“When we got out we discovered that those officer had shot Adewale when he trying to leave the compound”. The man explained.

When asked where the boy was shot, Mr. Owoade said the deceased jumped down from upstairs before he was shot and was seen with his intestines outside.

He said the boy was nineteen year old and was a student of a private Polytechnic when he was killed in 2006.

Mr.  Owoade said the SARS who blamed themselves for shooting the boy took the deceased to a private hospital where he died a week later. 

He also told the panel that since the incident occurred, the deceased mother had not been normal as a result of trauma suffered from the boy’s death.

Mr.  Owoade’s counsel, Mr.  Diekola Rufai later presented the Death Certificate of the deceased and other relevant document as exhibit, and it was admitted by the Panel. 

In his prayer, he sought for relief through the panel for a sum of fifty Million Naira as Indemnity for what the family had lost during the time the deceased was in the hospital.

While closing his Cross Examination, Counsel to Oyo State Police Command, Matthew Ojeah called for adjournment in order to present witness when he opens his defense.

The panel however adjourned the matter to 14th of April 2021 for further hearing.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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