Soldiers invaded Sankera in 2001.
A former senator, Daniel Saroh, has called on the Federal Government to pay t N41 billion compensation to the people of Sankera in Benue over a 2001 military attack.
A Federal High Court in Enugu had awarded the compensation over the invasion of the community by the Nigerian Army in 2001 during which lives and property were lost.
Mr. Saroh said in a telephone interview in Abuja on Monday that the compensation was necessary to enable the people re-start their lives.
Mr. Saroh, a former Senator for Benue North –East, identified the official residence of the Chairman, Ukim Local Government Area, and the council secretariat, as some of the property destroyed during the invasion.
He said since the victims went to court and won their case, government was duty bound to pay them damages.
“At the time of the crisis, some people went to court to demand compensation and they won the case in 2007, up till today nothing has been paid to anybody.
“The victims are saying that the amount is too small for them, what I am trying to say is that the Federal Government owes the people certain level of compensation because a lot of people have been killed.
“The invasion caused so much damage to the people in terms of economic, social, environmental as well as psychological trauma,” he said.
Saroh, a former Governorship Candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in Benue also recalled that students of the community could not write their examinations at the time because of the invasion.
He, however, advised the people of the community to put the trauma of the invasion behind them and move on with life.
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