ECOWAS Court Orders FG To Pay N50m Compensation To Family of Slain Politician

The ECOWAS court has ordered the Nigerian government to pay fifty million naira in compensation to the family of a Nigerian politician, Ikyasa Chia, who was abducted and later killed three years ago by Policemen.

The court, which gave the judgment in Abuja on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018, said the compensation is for the ‘arbitrary, unlawful and illegal’ killing of the family’s breadwinner on 14th August 2015 by the police near Makurdi, the capital of the country’s Benue State.

In a judgment delivered by the Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke, led three-man panel, the Court described the killing as a gross violation of the deceased’s right to life and respect for the dignity of his person as enshrined in the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

The court further maintained that the failure of the defendant to investigate and prosecute persons connected with the said unlawful killing of the late Chia is a violation of the rights of the Applicants as well as the abdication of the Defendant’s obligation under the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

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