By Tobias Lengnan Dapam
Another victim of post-civil war landmines, Boniface Onwuliri has died in Ngor Okpuala community of Imo state.
A statement issued yesterday by Prof. Bala Yakubu, the bomb expert and founder, Deminers Concept Nigeria Limited, a company commissioned by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Defence to enumerate victims and survivorus of Anti-Personnel Landmines and Explosive Remnants of the Nigeria Civil War, said.
“Onwuliri is an amputee residing in of Ngor Okpuala in Imo State of Niger died Tuesday morning, while awaiting the payments of his share of the compensation granted them by the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in the case of Vincent Agu and 19 others against the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 5 others.”
It said the victim including 685 others had been in ECOWAS Community Court of Justice since 17 Dec 2012 seeking redress. “The Court in a Consent Judgement on the 30th of October 2017 awarded 50 billion Naira for the payments of compensations and rehabilitation of some communities contaminated by the explosive remnants of the weapons used in prosecuting the Nigeria Civil War between 1967-1970 by Nigeria and the defunct Biafra forces.
“38Bn Naira was also awarded for the final clearance, fitting of lower and upper prosthesis for some victims and rehabilitation of some survivours
“The Federal Government in obedience to the Convention on the Prohibition of the use, stockpiling, production and transfer of Anti-personnel landmines and on their destruction ordered the clearance of Anti-Personnel Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War from the old Nigeria Biafra battlefield and the enumeration of all those who were injured by the left over explosive like bombs, Ogbunigwe and other such dangerous devices, either in their farms, homes, playgrounds, market places or schools.”
It explained that the Consent Judgement has nothing to do with Victims of Nigeria Civil War for which the Federal Government had tidied up three years after the war.
The statement further said that four victims had died while awaiting their share of the compensation, one in Akwa Ibom, two in Imo State and one in Rivers.