Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Nigeria to pay Biafra war victims N88 billion

Federal government of Nigeria has been ordered to pay 88 billion naira ($245m; £185m) in compensation to victims of the civil war which broke out 50 years ago after secessionists tried to create the breakaway state of Biafra in the south-east.

Court papers show the government has agreed to pay the damages, following legal action launched by victims in the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States.

The ruling calls on the government to pay 50 billion naira directly to war victims and to spend 38 billion naira on clearing abandoned landmines and on building schools, courts, churches and mosques in the affected areas.

More than one million people lost their lives, mostly because of hunger, during the conflict.

If you want to know more about the civil war, click here

Source: BBC

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