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N11m compensation: Court verdict against Army to be challenged at appeal court

N11m compensation: Court verdict against Army to be challenged at appeal court

- After being ordered by Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to pay N11 million to 11 Gombe state indigenes, the Nigerian Army has begun moves at challenging the verdict

- An anonymous source made this disclosure, saying that the verdict of Justice Ojukwu is being studied by the Army legal unit

- The source says the judgement cannot stand, adding that the Army will appeal it

The Nigerian Army has begun moves at challenging a Federal High Court verdict made on Friday, August 24, that it should pay the sum of N11 million to some people it reportedly detained illegally in Gombe state.

Vanguard reports that the Army has directed its legal unit to study the judgement of Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

Legit.ng gathers that the chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, was ordered by Justice Ojukwu to pay N11 million to the 11 Gombe state indigenes.

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The indigenes are James Yusuf, Ishaya Ali Poshiya, Nehemiah Yohanna Poshiya, Husseini Poshiya, Hamma Poshiya, Yusuf Mafindi, Yila Boyi, James Bare, Ezekiel Dandaudu, Ali Ishaku and Ilya Bala.

Vanguard source, who craved anonymity, said: ”We have not been served with the court judgement but we’re already aware of the development. When we receive the court order, I hope it will be treated expeditiously. I can tell you that the Nigerian Army legal unit is studying the development. We shall respond when we are formally served a court order.

“We are going to study the grounds upon which the court based its judgement and respond appropriately. Certainly, the judgement cannot stand, we are going to appeal it at the Court of Appeal."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Ijeoma Ojukwu, a judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, ordered the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, to pay N11 million to 11 Gombe state indigenes that were illegally detained by the soldiers.

In her judgment, Ojukwu said the detention of the applicants since July 6 was illegal and unconstitutional.

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Source: Legit.ng

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