Economic Community of West African States,ECOWAS Court of

Justice has ordered Nigeria to investigate the 2016 mass killings and

destruction of property in Agatu Community of Benue State.

The Federal Government was also mandated to identify and prosecute

the perpetrators as well as resettle the victims.

Delivering judgement in a suit brought by a Catholic priest, Reverend

Father Solomon Mfa, and 11 others, a three-member panel of the court

found the government in “violation of its obligation to protect the human

rights of the Agatu Community and prevent its violation.

The applicants claimed that within the last three years, Fulani herdsmen

had carried out over 50 major attacks on Benue communities, the most

prominent of them taking place in 15 out of 23 councils.

The president, Justice Edward Asante, presided over proceedings, while

the judgement read by Justice Dupe Atoki, ordered the government to

provide adequate security by deploying more security personnel to the

“area to protect the community and prevent further occurrences of that