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ECOWAS Court Orders Nig To Pay N30m For Wrongful Killing Of Civilian

The Economic Community of West African States Court, (ECOWAS Court of Justice), sitting in Abuja on Tuesday delivered a judgment in the Case of Mrs Helen Joshua and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Court which entered Judgment in favour of the 1st Applicant directed the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay N30 Million naira ($75,000) as compensation for the wrongful killing of Solomon Andy.

Andy was a young Nigerian who on 9 June, 2017, was killed by Private Abel Ocheme, a soldier attached to Command Secondary School Kaduna. The trigger- happy soldier had killed the victim while he was packing sand from a gutter close to the soldier’s duty post.

Delivering the Judgment, Justice Keikura Bangura upheld the arguments of Gloria Mabeiam Ballason, Counsel to the Applicant and found that the killing and confiscation of the body of the victim who was poor and defenceless by the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army was unlawful.

The Court further found that the Federal Republic of Nigeria failed to uphold its obligations under, Articles 1, 4, 5 & 12 of the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights which mandates States to protect the sanctity and dignity of every life.

Responding to the Judgment, Ballason who is Counsel to the Applicant, thanked the Court for its eventual but sure arrival to justice in the matter stating that the judgment will go a long way in reinforcing the value of human life.
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