The Federal High Court on Monday ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria to immediately pay the sum of 8 billion naira awarded in favour of some Tiv communities in Logo, Ukum, Kwande and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas of Benue State for the losses of lives and property they suffered during the invasions by soldiers of the Nigerian Army in 2001.

Justice Nyang Ekwo made this order following the garnishee application by the communities.

Justice Nyang Ekwo

The application was for the enforcement of the consent judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal in Enugu on February 2, 2015.

The judge, who had earlier granted the preliminary “garnishee nisi”, made the garnishee order “absolute” on Monday, by ordering the CBN to pay the sum of N8bn into an interest-yielding account to be opened and maintained in First Bank of Nigeria Plc by the Chief Registrar of the court.

The judge added that he would subsequently make an order for the disbursement of the money after the CBN complies with the order for the payment. .