Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, on Monday paid a N100million compensation to the family of late Baa Fugu Mohammed, father in-law to the late Mohammed Yusuf, leader of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
The late Fugu’s family had in 2009 filed a suit against Borno State, the Federal Government, the Inspector -General of Police, the Attorney- General of the Federation and the Borno State Attorney-General at the Maiduguri High Court.
The family claimed that the respondents were responsible for the alleged murder of their breadwinner while in detention at the state police command on July 31, 2009, for merely being an in-law to the leader of the Boko Haram sect.
After a year-long legal battle, Justice Mohammed Mustapha on April 13, 2010 delivered judgment, ruling in favour of the plaintiff.
Justice Mustapha further held that the respondents were jointly liable and ordered them to pay N100m compensation to the plaintiffs for the unlawful murder of the late Mohammed.
Dissatisfied with the verdict, the Borno State government filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal in Jos, challenging the verdict.
But at a point, the Borno government withdrew the appeal and decided to settle the matter out of court, accepting the judgment of the lower court.
Mr. Shettima, who presented the N100m cheque to the lawyer to the plaintiffs, Anayo Adibe, reiterated his call on the Boko Haram members to lay down their arms and embrace dialogue so that lasting peace could be restored in the state.
The compensation according to him was sequel to the court verdict which earlier ordered Borno State Government to pay N40 million, while the Federal Government would pay N60m on behalf of the other defendants.