An international court, the court of the Economic Community of West African States, has ruled against the Federal Republic of Nigeria regarding extra judicial killing and injuring of certain Boko Haram members.
The case was decided by a three-judge panel led by Judge Friday Chijioke Nwoke. According to the ruling, Nigeria was found liable for the “barbaric, illegal and unconstitutional” deaths and injuries of Boko Haram members.
The court ordered the government to pay a compensation of $200,000 to the families of each man killed and $150,000 to each of those wounded.
Soldiers and Secret Service Agents killed eight Boko Haram members and wounding 11 others in Abuja on September 20th, 2013.
The Nigerian army and Department of Security Services had opined that troops fired in self-defense on an alleged group of Boko Haram extremists.
Nigeria’s National Human Rights Commission investigated the shootings and also ordered the government to pay victims compensation, which never has been paid.
The incident occurred in the Apo suburb of Abuja were Boko Haram members were squatting in an unfinished building.
At the time, the military did not respond to media reports suggesting the raid was requested by a retired army officer who owned the building and wanted the squatters out.
The court case, brought by a nonprofit representing the victims, is the latest blow against Nigeria’s security forces.
Amnesty International has accused the army of being responsible for the deaths of some 8,000 civilian detainees in its fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast, ABC reports.
In December, the military gunned down hundreds of Shiites over three days in the northern town of Zaria, and this year it has been accused of killing an unknown number of civilians in a crackdown on militants operating in the oil-producing south.