There was a mild drama on Tuesday, when Ndukwe Ekekwe, a petitioner before the Lagos State Judicial Panel insisted that the N7.5 million compensation awarded him was not enough.
Ekekwe had been paralysed as a result of brutality by the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), in the state.
He told the panel how officers of the defunct police unit came to his shop at Alaba International market in 2018 and threw him from a two-storey building, leaving his spinal cord damaged.
Doris Okuwobi, chairperson of the panel chairperson, on Tuesday, awarded the sum to the petitioner.
However, TheCable reports that immediately the announcement of the compensation sum was made, the petitioner and his mother reacted, saying the money is not enough.
The petitioner, who appeared before the panel on a wheelchair, said he spent more than N30 million to treat himself.
He also added that his shop has become empty.
“Maybe they think I’m an illiterate. All those investments, I sold all of them. My shop is currently empty. I sold everything. I spent everything to take care of myself in the hospital. What is N7.5 million?” the petitioner queried.
It was stated that his aged mother also created drama at the panel, claiming that she had also sold some landed properties to ensure that her son was able to get back on his feet.
The petitioner and his mother were said to have angrily left the courtroom to continue their protest outside.
His counsel was said to have appealed to him to enter the courtroom and collect his cheque from the panel.
Presenting the N7.5 million cheque, Okuwobi urged him to accept the compensation.