Ikoku 5: Traders Vow To Continue Protest …As Family Sue Police, Demand N5b
Shops at the popular Ikokwu Spare Parts Market, in Port Harcourt were closed as the traders continue their protest over the death of their colleague in police custody
Some traders, however, complained that they had lost a huge amount of money from the daily sales due to the untimely death of Chima, who was allegedly tortured to death by the police.
They called on the state government to prevail on the police to do the right thing by releasing the victim’s autopsy report to the family and members of family.
Meanwhile the family of Chima Ikwunado have demanded the sum of N10 billion as damages from the Nigeria Police Force over the torture and death of the late mechanic.
Counsel for the late Ikwunado’s family, Chinyere Lawrence, said that N10 billion damages were part of the Fundamental Human Rights suit filed by the wife of late Chima at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt.
When the matter came up , the trial judge, Justice Omotosho, advised the lawyer of Ikwunado’s family to amend their applications before the next adjourned date. The matter was adjourned till March 17, for the continuation of hearing.
Chima and four of his friends were arrested late in December 2019, by operatives of Eagle Crack (E-Crack) Unit of the police in the state capital. The deceased passed in early January 2020, allegedly from the injuries he sustained from the torture.