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Suspect sues IG, police over shooting in custody

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A suspect, Mr. Ikedideke Theophilus, has dragged the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, to the High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, alleging that he was shot in custody by the police.

The suspect was said to have been arrested by the police over offences bordering on cultism.

But Theophilus in a copy of the suit asked the court to award him N50m as general damages to enable him get “proper medical treatment such as orthopedic surgery and cardiology.

He appealed to the court to make a declaration that he is “entitled to the general damages for his unlawful torture, shooting and inhuman treatment he received from the police while in custody”.

Theophilus also included the Commissioner of Police and an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Mr. Chris Nwogu, as defendants.

The claimant described himself as a 17-year old from Amassoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and 300 level Mechanical Engineering student of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma.

He alleged that the police in their desperate bid to extract information from him “hanged and tortured him severally and in the process shot his two legs.”

He said the shooting occurred on January 13 this year.

He said the police denied him proper medical treatment of the injuries they inflicted on him.



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