Nigerian hitmen responsible for killing family of 17, report says

Investigators have blamed Nigerian hitmen for shooting dead 17 members of a family as they collected land after selling to a developer. The shooting last October, which was widely condemned, came as a toll…

Nigerian hitmen responsible for killing family of 17, report says

Investigators have blamed Nigerian hitmen for shooting dead 17 members of a family as they collected land after selling to a developer.

The shooting last October, which was widely condemned, came as a toll gate at an offshore oil field holding oil production was opened by Nigerian agents.

The commission of inquiry, headed by a former governor, Baba Ahmed Aliyu, ruled that a female victim, Felicia Ogbata, had filed a complaint about the land in a court of law before selling it. The report said she had been killed by hitmen hired by the defendant.

The commission confirmed that nine men involved in the shooting are in custody. The suspects have denied involvement in the case.

Civil rights lawyer Adeniyi Akintola said he would seek a refund of the $180,000 (£134,000) that was paid for the land under an illegal agreement. “The lawyers who pushed the case for these folks have gone broke and they are talking of refunds,” he said.

The court hearing is to reconvene on 9 March.

The federal government has ordered an inquiry into the incident, but has also been criticised for allegedly making false statements, using untruthful witnesses and interfering with the investigation.

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