ECOWAS COURT ORDERS NIGERIA TO PROBE 2016 KILLINGS IN BENUE

Written by on March 1, 2019

The Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the Federal Republic of Nigeria to investigate the 2016 mass killings and destruction of properties in the Agatu Community in Benue State.

The judgment followed a suit by a catholic priest, Reverend Father Solomon Mfa and 11 others which found the Federal government of Nigeria in violation of their obligation to protect the human rights of the Agatu Community and prevent its violation.

The Applicants claimed that within the last three years, Fulani Herdsmen have carried out over 50 major attacks on Benue communities, the most prominent of them taking place in 15 out of 23 Local Government Areas of the State.

They further alleged that affected communities have been completely overwhelmed and are now desolate as they have suffered wanton destruction of lives and properties.


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