20171031

Federal Government Agrees To Pay Civil War Victims N50bn

The Federal Government, on Monday, agreed to pay a total of N88bn for the complete destruction of the remnants of landmines and bombs used during the Nigerian Civil War.

The money is also for other purposes, including compensation of the victims, and the reconstruction of public buildings in some parts of the states affected by the war.

Of the N88bn, the sum of N50bn is for the compensation of the victims.

N38bn is for the purpose of the destruction of landmines and rebuilding of public buildings affected by the war, which took place between 1967 and 1970, mainly in the South-East geopolitical zone and some parts of the South-South and the North-Central geopolitical zones.

About 493 victims of the war were said to have been enumerated.

The affected states are the five states in the South-East – Imo, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu; four states in the South-South – Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Cross River; and Benue State in the North-Central.

This agreement was part of the resolution reached by the Federal Government and other parties in a suit filed on behalf of the victims and adopted on Monday by the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja as its judgment.

The suit, filed by 20 plaintiffs, led by Vincent Agu on behalf of other victims and their communities, was marked ECW/CCJ/APP/06/2012.

The suit is one of the three suits filed by the victims.

The six respondents to the suit, which agreed to the consent judgment, included the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the two companies contracted by the Federal Government in 2009 to de-mine the affected areas – RSB Holdings Nigeria Limited and Deminers Concept Nigeria Limited.

Parties to the suit also agreed that the terms of settlement “shall operate as full and final settlement of all claims” arising from the suit and two other suits filed on the same issue.

Prominent lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), and Mr. Shola Egbeyinka, signed the document on behalf of the Federal Government, while Mr. Charles H. T. Uhegbu and Solomon Chukwuocha signed on behalf of the two de-mining companies.

Also, Dr. Charles Onuoha, Chief Alams Chukwuemeka, Moses Emeanuru and Ijeoma Ufom signed on behalf of stakeholders and interested parties.

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