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