News: ECOWAS court orders FG to pay N88bn civil war damages

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Image result for nigerianThe ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the federal government to pay N88 billion to southeast over the damages caused to the region during the civil war

 Hundreds of landmine victims dragged the government before the ECOWAS Court in 2012

The complainers claimed N100 billion as compensatory and general damages from the government

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered N88 billion damages against the federal government for its failure to clear landmines and remains of explosives in the aftermath of the civil war in the southeastern part of the country.

In a consent judgment delivered by Justice Chijioke Nwoke of the court ordered the government to commence clearing and evacuation of the aftermath of the civil war within 45 days, Channels Television reports.

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Hundreds of landmine victims had dragged the government before the ECOWAS Court in 2012, asking for an order for the removal of remnants of war instruments stockpiled in 11 states of the southeast, south south and north central.

They had alleged that the failure of the government to clear the landmines and abandoned explosives at the civil war sites amounted to negligence and a breach of their fundamental rights.

The plaintiffs had claimed N100bn as compensatory and general damages from the government.

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