Benue killings: ECOWAS Court set to deliver judgment in N1trillion suit against FG

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has said it will deliver judgment in the suit by indigenes of Benue State seeking N1trillion compensation over killings in the state in December 2018.

The applicants Rev. Father Solomon Mfa, Joseph Dooga, Sam Abah, David Iordaah, Ochepo Yakubu, Terese Tange and others instituted this action against the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, and the Chief of Army Staff.

The suit had been scheduled for judgment twice in the past but the judgment could not be delivered before the court embarked on its statutory annual vacation in July.

At the resumed trial on Wednesday, the plaintiff counsel, Mr Vembe Terfa told the court that the case is slated for Judgment.

However, the panel of justices noted that it would not deliver judgment today due to the fact that the previous panel of judges who heard the matter from inception has been retired.

Following the change in the panel, Mr Vembe adopted the court processes. He prayed the court for an opportunity to write the applicant’s final written address in totality of the evidence given and processes filed.

In a short ruling, the court gave until the end of November for the plaintiff counsel to file his final written address and serve on the defendants who were absent from court.

Although no specific date was given, the court said it would deliver judgement in mid-December.

 

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The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has said it will deliver judgment in the suit by indigenes of Benue State seeking N1trillion compensation over killings in the state in December 2018.

The applicants Rev. Father Solomon Mfa, Joseph Dooga, Sam Abah, David Iordaah, Ochepo Yakubu, Terese Tange and others instituted this action against the Federal Government of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, and the Chief of Army Staff.

 

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