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Father Of Late Innocent Kokorifa Demands ₦30bn Compensation


March 29, (THEWILL) – The father of late Innocent Kokorifa, a 17-year-old shot dead by a Policeman convicted of murder, has approached a Federal High Court in Yenagoa for legal redress in a civil suit.

The father is seeking a compensation of N30 billion.

The absence of the Judge, Justice Isa Ndahen, however, stalled the hearing on the case fixed for mention on Tuesday.

No reason was given for the inability of the court to sit and hear cases and no date has been scheduled for continuation of the case.

The father of the deceased, Mr Daniel Kokorifa, filed suit number FHC/YNG/CS/51/2022 through his Counsel, Ebikebuna Augustine Aluzu.

Listed as Respondents are the Police Service Commission, Inspector General of Police, Attorney General of the Federation, amongst others.

Innocent Kokorifa was shot and killed by Police Officer, Ex-Corporal Vincent Koliamowei, on Aug. 16, 2016, while on errands for his mother when he met his untimely death.

It will be recalled that a Bayelsa State High Court in Yenagoa, in 2018 sentenced the policeman, Corporal Vincent Koluamawei, to death by hanging over the extra-judicial killing of the 17-year-old.

Justice Ineikade Eradiri had in 2018, held that contrary to the position of the police that deceased was an armed robber, who engaged the Police in gun duel, he was convinced that the young Kokorifa was not armed at the time he was murdered.

In the accompanying affidavit sighted by our reporter, Kokorifa said that he and his family are yet to get over the murder of his son.

“My wife upon seeing the lifeless body of our son, broke down and blamed herself for sending our son on an errand to his early grave.

“I know as a fact that no amount of compensation will bring my son back to life, but if the Respondents had shown any sign of remorse over the years, it would go a long way to placate me and my family”, he stated.