FG Pays N135m Compensation To Families Of Apo Eight DSS Killings

The FG on Thursday paid the sum of N135m as compensation for the killing of 8 persons and the injury caused 11 others during a raid of an uncompleted building in Apo/Gudu district of Abuja by men of the Department of State Service and the Nigerian Army in September 2013. .

This came over four years after the National Human Rights Commission made the recommendations to the Federal Government on April 7, 2014.

The commission had, through its three-man panel headed by its then chairman, Chidi Odinkalu, on April 7, 2014, following an inquiry into the incident, held the FG responsible.

NHRC recommended that the FG pay the families of the 8 deceased the sum of N10m each and the 11 injured victims N5m each. .

Today, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), presented the cheque to the representatives of the victims at his office.

The victims, aged between 18 and 25 at the time of the incident on September 20, 2013, were said to be members of the Tricycle and Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association in Abuja. .

They were said to be squatters in an uncompleted building in the Apo/Gudu district of Abuja, where they were attacked by the security agents who were on a mission searching for Boko Haram members.

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