An Abuja High Court has ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN to immediately pay the sum of eight billion naira to Tiv communities in Benue invaded by soldiers sometime in the year 2001.

The money was awarded in favour of the communities in Logo, Ukum, Kwande and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas of the state for the loss of lives and property they suffered during the invasion by soldiers of the Nigerian Army in 2001.

Justice Nyang Ekwo gave the order following the garnishee application by the communities for the enforcement of the consent judgment delivered by the Court of Appeal in Enugu on February 2nd, 2015. The Judge, who had earlier granted the preliminary “garnishee nisi”, made the garnishee order “absolute” by ordering the CBN to pay the sum of eight billion naira into an interest yielding account to be domiciled with  First Bank of Nigeria administered by the Chief Registrar of the court.