The family of a 19-year-old teenager, Friday Arunsi, killed by a drunk police officer last year in Abia State, are currently at loggerheads over who should receive the compensation that will be awarded to the family by the Abia State Judicial Panel of Inquiry on SARS activities in the state.
An officer attached to the Ebem police station in the state was said to be under the influence of alcohol when he pulled the trigger and killed Arunsi.
At the resumed hearing of his case before the panel, the father of the deceased, Ifeanyi, and the deceased’s maternal family, Umu Nneibo, disagreed openly over who should receive the expected compensation for the deceased.
Ifeanyi claimed that the representative of the maternal family, Kings Hart Ukpai, never contributed anything to the training of the deceased from birth, and has no right to want to claim the compensation.
“My son was 19 years old when he was killed by the police. Mr. Kings Hart Ukpai contributed nothing even from birth. I have been the one training him from primary school until he sat for his WAEC.
“January 2017 was the first time Mr Kings Hart Ukpai knew my son. My son was buried in Ebem Ohafia, on a piece of land I borrowed N5 million to buy.
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