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Buhari dragged to ECOWAS court for failing to rescue Kaduna train attack victims

Buhari dragged to ECOWAS court for failing to rescue Kaduna train attack victims

President Muhammadu Buhari and his government have a case to answer at the ECOWAS court over their failure to the rights to life, security, and dignity of the victims of the -Kaduna train attack.

They are also being held to account for their failure to secure the release of those held captive by the terrorists.

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability () is behind the new legal against the government.

The suit was filed last week before the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja.

Another of Kaduna Train attack victims with terrorists

Terrorists had on March 28 attacked the AK9 Abuja–Kaduna train, at least nine people, wounding many others, and abducting an unknown number of passengers.

The victims have remained with the terrorists for a month, despite repeated appeals for the government to them from .

The suit followed reports that the Executive Council (FEC) failed to approve funds for surveillance equipment that could have helped to prevent the train attack.

In the suit, SERAP is seeking “a declaration that the train attack, abductions and killings of by terrorists amount to a failure by the government to Nigerians, and to prevent these rights .”

SERAP is also seeking “an order the Buhari government to protect, promote, and fulfil the human rights of Nigerians, including travellers across the country, by ensuring security and taking measures to prevent attacks.”

SERAP is seeking “an order the Buhari government to urgently and identify all the passengers, victims and their families, and to pay adequate monetary of N50 to each of the passengers and victims and their families.”

In the suit filed together with an for expedited hearing, SERAP is arguing that, “The Buhari government has a legal duty to individuals from real and immediate risks to their lives and security caused by actions of third-parties such as terrorists.”

SERAP is also arguing that, “A fundamental notion of contemporary human rights is that victims of violations such as the victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack enjoy an right to effective remedies. Rights without remedies are ineffectual, rendering illusory the government’s duty to such rights.”

According to SERAP, “The Buhari government has failed to the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed rights of the victims of the train attack to life, dignity and security, and their right to an effective remedy.”

The suit was filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Owolabi.

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