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ECOWAS Court fines Nigeria over Abuja killings

08 June 2016, 21:33

Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court has fined Nigeria more than US$3 million over the extra-judicial killing of eight citizens during a raid of an uncompleted building in the Apo District of Abuja in 2013.

The court ordered government to pay compensation of $200 000 to each of the family of its Nigerian citizens killed and $150 000 to each of the injured.

A combined team of soldiers and operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) carried out the raid.

Also read: Dasuki approaches ECOWAS to secure freedom

The security personnel opened fire on the victims later found to be commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders who were taking refuge in the uncompleted building as a result of rising costs of house rent in the capital city.

A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Incorporated Trustees of Fiscal and Civil Right Enlightment Foundation, had dragged Nigeria, the Army and Department of State Security Services on behalf of the deceased before regional court.

Presiding Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke, said Nigeria was found liable of brutal killing of defenceless citizens contrary to the provision of the local and international law on the fundamental rights of citizens to life.


- CAJ News


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