A Ghanaian man who killed a 15-year-old Nigerian student, Ogukwe Obioma, has been slammed a $250,000 fine by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court sitting in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), after he was found guilty of the crime, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
The court presided over by Hon. Justice Micah Wrights, ruled that the Ghanaian government must pay the amount over the right abuse and alleged unlawful killing of the student.
While delivering judgement, Hon. Wrights established that Obioma who was studying in Ghana, had his right violated and abused which led to his eventual death.
In a suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/03/14 filed by the father of the deceased student, he pleaded with the court to compel the government of Ghana to undertake proper investigation to reveal the circumstances that led to the death of his son.
Aside that, he also asked the court to compel the government of Ghana to compensate his family with the sum of $ 10 million for the violation of the right of his late son.
However, the presiding Judge maintained that the court cannot hold the government of Ghana responsible for the death of the young Nigeria, adding that since the government of Ghana failed to provide adequate investigation as well as detailed report on how the boy died, the court would have no choice but to indict the Ghanaian government.
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Wrights said the $10 million request by the family of the late boy was unrealistic and outrageous, and reduced it to a fine of $250,000 on the Ghanaian government.