The families of eight people killed by Nigerian security forces hunting Boko Haram insurgents in Abuja have been awarded $200, 000 compensation each by the ECOWAS Court of Justice.
Eleven people injured in the raid in an uncompleted building were also awarded $150, 000 each.
Lawyers for Nigeria’s government Muhammed Ibrahim Sani had argued that socio-economic rights and accountability project lacked the legal authority to prosecute the case, but the court ruled that the security forces had a duty to respect the right to life.
Delivering its judgment a three –member panel of Judges of the Court asked the government to pay 150,000 dollars each to the 11 persons who sustained injuries during the raid.
The suit was filed on their behalf by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), the Applicants had asked the Court for a declaration that they are entitled to the right to life and that the shooting resulting in death and injury constitute a flagrant abuse of their fundamental human rights to life and dignity of the person as enshrined under international law.