April 16, 2024
ECOWAS Court Orders FG To Pay N60 Million To Gunshot Victim
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ECOWAS Court Orders FG To Pay N60 Million To Gunshot Victim

The ECOWAS Court has awarded N60 million damages against the Federal Government of Nigeria to Mr. Sunday Ayodeji whose leg was amputated following complications from a gunshot wound inflicted by a police officer in Kaduna State.

The Nigerian government was also ordered to internally investigate the breach of Mr. Ayodeji’s human rights.

In the judgement delivered last Monday, the court held the Nigerian government responsible for the torture of the victim.

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The case was handled on a pro-bono basis by international human rights organisation, Avocats Sans Frontieres France, popularly known as Lawyers without Borders (France), which aims to end human rights violations of torture, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention in Nigeria.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Country Director of ASF France in Nigeria, Ms. Angela Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, said Mr. Ayodeji’s properties including a car and N900,000 were also confiscated unlawfully by the same officer.

According to Ms Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, he was awarded N60 million with an order for the immediate return of his confiscated possessions.

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