Kudirat’s Murder: Abiola’s Children Sue Buhari, Seek $10m Compensation
The children of late Mrs Kudirat Abiola have dragged the Buhari administration to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja over the unlawful killing of their mother.
Khafila Abiola, Moriam Abiola, and Hadi Abiola are suing for themselves and on behalf of the other children of Kudirat.
In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/62/2022 filed on their behalf by their Counsel Femi Falana, SAN, the children are challenging the “violation of the fundamental human rights to life and dignity of human person of the late Mrs Abiola.”
The Plaintiffs are arguing that, “the failure or refusal of the Defendant to protect the life of Late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola in the Republic of Nigeria amounts to a violation of Articles 1,4,5,18 and 23 of the African Charter.”
According to the Plaintiffs, “The combined effect of the said provisions of the African Charter and the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria is that states will be held responsible if they fail to act with due diligence to prevent violations of the rights or actively involved act which amount to the violation of the plaintiff right (as in this case), and for providing adequate compensation.”
The Plaintiffs are also arguing that, “under the combined provisions of Articles 1, 4 and 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Federal Republic of Nigeria is a signatory, the Respondent has infringed on the right of the deceased to life, dignity of her person and security.”