Following his acquittal in a case of alleged child murder, a 49-year-old Nigerian, Victor Fakoya may get $80,000 compensation from the Clark County, Nevada, in the United States of America.
Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Fakoya risked losing parental rights despite being acquitted of murder.
Fakoya was tried and acquitted twice for the death of Daniel Jaiyesimi, the son of family friends living with Fakoya, his wife and two daughters.
Jaiyesimi had became unresponsive in 2008 while Fakoya was allegedly the only adult at home.
The police has however been unable to determine the reason for his death.
Fakoya, who was a political science professor in Nigeria, spent two years in the Clark County jail.
The District Attorney’s Office has however refused to allow him home after acquittal, claiming that Fakoya was a danger to his two daughters.
“Victor’s dream of coming to America, furthering his education and providing a better lifestyle for his family has been shattered by the agencies entrusted with preserving the family unit and protecting the community.
“This ordeal has financially destroyed the Fakoya family and left emotional scars that will never fully heal,” his complaint stated.
He filed a civil rights lawsuit against the county in federal court in late 2012, demanding $10m in damages for keeping him separated from his family.