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Man drags NDLEA to court over son’s death

A 62-year old man, Mr. Michael Ehigie, has sued the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for alleged extra-judicial killing of his son, Uyi.

Ehigie alleged that his son was shot on November 14, 2016 by NDLEA officials, who were patrolling Benin-Akure Road.

He said his son was driving his commercial truck marked XC 638 RBC on the Benin-Akure Road when he was ordered to stop by the NDLEA officials from Ondo Division.

Ehigie alleged that his son was shot without any cause.

He said the NDLEA officials first rushed him to Ondo State Medical Science Hospital, but he was later taken to the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Akure, where he died on November 24, 2016.

Ehigie said NDLEA had offered automatic employment for any graduate from the family and payment of N1,168,250.00 being the amount incurred on medical bills, funeral and other miscellaneous expenses.

He said the agency did not agree to the full terms of settlement.

In the suit filed at the Federal High Court in Akure, Ondo State, Ehigie is seeking a “declaration that the seizure and continued detention of the deceased’s road worthy vehicle since November 14, 2016 is unlawful and unconstitutional.”

He is asking for an order directing the NDLEA to release the deceased’s vehicle.

Ehigie requested an order that he is entitled to special damages of N14,288,250.00 (Fourteen Million, Two Hundred and Eighty Eight

Thousand, Two Hundred and Fifty Naira) and general damages of

N660,000,000.00 (Six Hundred and Sixty Million Naira).

The case has been adjourned till January 30.

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