In a landmark judgment, Justice Inyang Ikwo of the Federal High Court,Calabar has ordered the Nigerian Navy to pay Mr Etim Asuquo Akpan,the sum of N75 Million Naira ,being damages for shooting him in both legs,torturing and chaining him while receiving treatment in hospital.
According to him, when the naval personnel realized he was in the hospital, they trailed him there and chained him to his bed and even tortured him.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Ekwo said, if such trend is encouraged every citizen would be a potential victim of such brutality.
He quashed the arguments that the Naval personnel was attached to the Quick Intervention Squad, which consisted of other security agencies, and therefore the Nigerian Navy should not be liable for their action.
The judge said such an act could not go without remedy, as Asuquo has a family and other people to support all his life.
Noting that Asuquo has been permanently incapacitated by the treatment meted to him by the Navy, the judge regretted that getting justice was slow in the case.
Counsel to the Navy, Mr Tanbe Mark, in an interview, said the court had given judgment and they would have to comply with it.