The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in Nigeria for “failure to protect the victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack’s rights to life, security, and dignity, as well as the failure to secure the safe release of those held captive by terrorists.”
Terrorists attacked the AK9 train between Abuja and Kaduna on March 28, killing at least nine people, wounding many more, and kidnapping an unknown number of passengers.
Despite repeated calls for the federal authorities to release the victims, they have been held captive by terrorists for nearly four weeks.
In the suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/20/22 and filed last week before the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja last week, SERAP is seeking “a declaration that the train attack, abductions and killings of passengers by terrorists amount to a failure by the government to protect Nigerians, and to prevent these grave human rights violations.”
SERAP’s lawyers, Opeyemi Owolabi and Kolawole Oluwadare filed the lawsuit.
“An order requiring the Buhari government to find and identify all the passengers, victims, and their families as soon as possible, and to provide adequate monetary compensation of N50 million to each of the passengers, victims, and their families,” the organization said.
According to SERAP, the Buhari administration has a legal obligation to protect persons from urgent and genuine threats to their lives and security posed by third parties such as terrorists.