From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
An 88-year-old owner of a building housing the Ugbekun Police Station burnt down by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests in Edo State, Pa Olaye Anthony, has asked the State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and Related Abuses for compensation of N40 million.
Speaking with reporters, counsel to the petitioner, Blessing Agbeta, said his client chose to approach the panel for redress because the building serves as a retirement benefit for him and now that it’s no more, he wonders how he could cope.
He said if the government could help him rebuild the burnt building, he would be happy or alternatively, the government should give him N40 million as compensation stating that such amount would compensate for his losses.
“The house in question is like a retirement benefit for the old man.
“At the age of 88, that is where he earns money to take care of himself.
“We are just begging the panel if they can help us talk to the governor to rebuild the place or in the alternative, compensate him so that he can have a good living pending when the Lord God will call him to glory,” he said.
He further alleged that the police have been occupying the building since 1983 and that they are owing him N3.60 million.
“The police have been occupying his building since 1983 and they are owing him N3.60 million”, he alleged.