An Economic Community of West Africa, ECOWAS court on Monday ordered Nigeria to pay 88 billion naira in damages to victims of the 1967 Biafra civil war.

The court cited the failure of the government to fully de-mine and clear the land of former Biafran territory and other weaponry after the end of the war.

The ruling calls on the government to pay 50 billion naira directly to war victims in 11 states and put 38 billion naira toward de-mining and the construction of schools, courts, churches and mosques in the affected areas.

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An ECOWAS court of Justice ruled that there remain “large quantities” of live bombs depriving communities of farmland since the civil war ended in 1970.

But it may as well be just one of those other court rulings because sovereign states do not have to respect the court’s rulings, and there is no framework for making them binding.

The office of President Muhammadu Buhari did not immediately comment on the ruling.

More than a million-people died in the 1967-70 civil war over the short-lived Republic of Biafra.

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