About 64 victims of last
year’s military attack on
five villages in Bosso Local
Government Area of Niger
State have demanded for
the enforcement of their
fundamental rights at a Minna
High Court.
They are asking for
N1.19 billion in damages
and compensation from
the military and federal
government.
The claims are over the
summary execution of 13
sons, illegal detention and
torture of 54 others.
Respondents in the suit
filed at the High Court on
Monday and scheduled
to commence hearing on
February 20 include president
of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria, Attorney-General of
the Federation, AGF, Nigerian
Army, Nigerian Air Force,
chief of army staff, chief of
air force, the general officer
commanding, 1 Division, and
the brigade commander, 31
Artillery Brigade, Minna.
The applicants comprising
10 parents (father) of 13
youths killed in the bloody
incident that occurred on
August 4, 2016 are praying for
an order of the court directing
the respondents to pay N50
million per each son killed
amounting to N650 million
cumulatively as compensation
for the lives taken.
In the same vein, 54 other
victims from the 11th to the
64th applicants in the suit are
demanding for an order of the
court directing the respondents
to pay N5m each as
compensation for the torture,
inhuman and degrading
treatment they received at the
hands of military officers and
another N5m as compensation
for their unlawful detention in
a military barrack, Minna.
The applicants also sought
four declarations of the
court including condemning
the killings of the sons and
children of the first to the
10th applicants without the
lawful order of a competent
court by officers and agents
of the respondents on August
4, 2016 as unlawful and a
violation of the applicants
sons right to life.
They also claimed to
have been tortured and
subjected to various degrees
of inhuman treatment and
sought a declaration of the
court declaring the torture,
inhuman and degrading
treatment in the hands of
military personnel as a
violation to their freedom
from torture, inhuman and
degrading

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