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Published On: Wed, Jan 31st, 2018

Niger villagers demands N1.19b compensation for military invasion, Rights violation

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

No fewer than 64 villagers and victims of the last year military attack on five villages in Bosso local government area of Niger state have sued for the enforcement of their fundamental rights at a Minna High Court demanding for N1.19billion in damages.
They are also seeking for compensation from the military and the federal government over the alleged summary execution of 13 sons, illegal detention and torture of 54 others.
Following the refusal of Niger state government to implement the white paper report of the judicial commission of inquiry set up after the clash had led to the villagers going to court to sue the military to demand for Justice for the violation of their rights and compensation for damages done to them.
The respondents in the suit filed at the High Court on Monday and schedule to commence hearing on February 20, 2018, included the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Nigeria Army, Nigeria Air Force, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Force, the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigeria Army and the Brigade Commander 31 Artillery Brigade Minna.
The applicants comprising of 10 parents (father) of 13 youths killed in the bloody clash that occurred on 4th August 2016, are praying for an order of the court directing the respondents to pay the sum of N50m per each son killed amounting to N650m cumulatively as compensation for the lives taken.
Consequently, 54 other victims from the 11th to the 64th applicants in the suit are demanding for an order of the court directing the respondents to pay N5,000,000 each as compensation for the torture, inhuman and degrading treatment they received at the hands of the military officers and another N5,000,000 as compensation for their unlawful detention in Military barrack, Minna.
The applicants also sought four declarations of the court including condemning the killings of the sons and children of the 1st to the 10th applicants without lawful order of a competent court by the officers and agents of the respondents on the 4th of August 2016 as unlawful and a violation of the applicants sons right to life as guaranteed.

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