Nigeria: 47 Years After Biafra Civil War, Nigerian Govt Agrees to Pay Victims N88 Billion

United Kingdom. –  Nigeria was ordered to pay 88 billion naira ($244 million) in damages to those affected by a 1967 civil war after failing to clear landmines and other explosives in the country’s southeast.

The government of Africa’s most populous nation must pay 50 billion naira to compensate war victims and a further 38 billion naira to state authorities to help rebuild damaged property, the Economic Community of West African States Court of Justice said Monday.

The three-year conflict was fought between the Nigerian government and the southeast state of Biafra.

The Federal Government of Nigeria, on Monday, agreed to pay a total of N88bn for the complete destruction of the remnants of landmines and bombs used during the Nigerian Civil War.

The said amount is also for other purposes, including compensation of the victims, and the reconstruction of public buildings in some parts of the states affected by the war.

The affected states are the five states in the South-East – Imo, Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi and Enugu; four states in the South-South – Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Cross River; and Benue State in the North-Central.

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