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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Fulani Community Sues FG for $200million

The Fulani Community in Nigeria has sued the FG as well as authorities in the North-East state of Taraba over alleged human rights violation. They are citing the recent  communal clash between herdsmen and farmers on the Mambilla plateau.
While officials of the FG claimed 18 people in the violence that erupted in June, they are disputing the figures. They claim at least 732 people killed or missing, while 25,000 cattle were massacred. 
 Via Premium Times...................

The Fulani community in Nigeria has slammed a lawsuit on the Nigerian federal government as well as on authorities in the North-East state of Taraba over alleged rights violation during the recent communal clash between herdsmen and farmers on the Mambilla plateau.

In the suit filed at the ECOWAS court in Abuja, the complainants are
demanding $200million compensation for the losses they said the Fulani suffered during the crisis.

Officials of the Nigerian government said 18 people were killed in the June violence. But the Fulani community said it confirmed at least 732 people killed or missing, while 25,000 cattle were massacred.

The Fulani leaders also claimed property worth hundreds of millions were looted and destroyed as residents of Mambilla plateau in Sardauna local government area of Taraba State took arms against each other over a protracted land dispute.

The Taraba State Governor, Ishaku Darius, was at a point accused of masterminding the attack on the Fulani dwellers in the area, an allegation he strongly denied.

The suit at the ECOWAS court was filed by the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, with the federal government of Nigeria as first respondent and the Taraba State government as second.

The group said the two defendants violated the fundamental human rights of Fulani communities on the Mambilla Plateau as guaranteed by the African Charter on Human and Peoples, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

According to complaints filed by its solicitor, Yusuf Dankofa, a Professor of Law, and three others, the association accused the federal and Taraba State governments of destroying lives and properties in 19 communities in Mambilla “between 17th and 23rd of June, 2017 in a well-coordinated and organized manner fit to be aptly described as “Genocide”.

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