The Federal Government , on Monday , agreed to pay a total of N 88 bn for the complete destruction of the remnants of landmines and bombs used during the Nigerian Civil War .
The money 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 .
Of the N88 bn , the sum of N 50 bn is for the compensation of the victims while N 38 bn is for the purpose of the destruction of the landmines and rebuilding of public buildings affected by the war, which took place between 1967 and 1970 , mainly in the South -East geopolitical zone and some parts of the South-South and the North -Central geopolitical zones.
About 493 victims of the war were said to have been enumerated.
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 .
This agreement was part of the resolution reached by the Federal Government and other parties in a suit filed on behalf of the victims and adopted on Monday by the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States in Abuja as its judgment .
The suit , filed by 20 plaintiffs , led by Vincent Agu on behalf of other victims and their communities , was marked ECW / CCJ / APP / 06 / 2012 .
The suit is one of the three suits filed by the victims .
The six respondents to the suit , which agreed to the consent judgment , included the Federal Republic of Nigeria , and the two companies contracted by the Federal Government in 2009 to de – mine the affected areas – RSB Holdings Nigeria Limited and Deminers Concept Nigeria Limited .
Parties to the suit also agreed that the terms of settlement “shall operate as full and final settlement of all claims” arising from the suit , marked ECW /CCJ / APP / 06 / 2012 , and two other suits filed on the same issue .
The other suits covered by the agreement are ECW/ CCJ / APP / 10 / 2014 ( Dr. Sam Emeka Ukaegbu & 7 others v . President , FRN & 6 others ) and ECW /CCJ / APP / 11 / 2014 ( Placid Ihekwoaba & 19 others v . President , FRN & 6 others ) .
By the judgment , the Federal Government is to pay the total sum of N 88 bn within 45 days from Monday .