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Families Of Slain Nursing Mothers Demand Policeman’s Prosecution, Compensation

By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City   |   15 August 2015   |   2:01 am  
Acting Inspector-General of Police, solomon Arase

Acting Inspector-General of Police, solomon Arase

THE family members and community leaders of two nursing mothers, Mrs. Sandra Imhaku and Mrs. Aishitu Saliu from Fugar, Etsako Central local council area of Edo state, who were shot dead by a policeman in June during a burial ceremony in their community, have called on the police to go beyond dismissing the officer involved by prosecuting him and compensating the children and fathers left behind by the two slain women.

The police had Tuesday said the affected policeman, Corporal Ali Christopher with Force Number 444040 has been dismissed having been found culpable of the killings.

A relative of the family and community leader from Fugar, John Akhigbe told journalists yesterday that while the community appreciates efforts of the police so far under the current Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase in punishing the policeman in question, he said they should prosecute the man and give adequate compensation to the families. “It is not something anybody expected, we all felt bad.

If you were there and saw the mood of the people, you will appreciate how we feel. Because of what happened, everybody was moody and the youths were ready to do anything to any policeman at sight.

What that policeman did was terrible, no reasonable authority or organisation will condone such a thing.     “Whatever way the people feel today, the lives of the two women that were killed cannot be replaced but if justice must be done, it is not just dismissing the policeman in question.

He should be tried for murder; that is what we the people of Fugar desire,” Akhigbe said.    On the need for compensation for the families, Akhigbe said, “the police should meet with the family, discuss with them and pay compensation because lives were lost.

One of the women lost the husband few months before she was killed. I don’t think the eldest of her children is up to 10 years and now the woman is gone, the children are under the care of a lecturer who also has his own family.

The other woman, the husband is not a rich person, he is a struggling young man and the wife is the one sustaining the family. The children may be out of school by now so they should think of how to compensate them. You must do something to ameliorate the pain.”



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