A Federal High Court sitting in Port-Harcourt has ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay the sum of N37.6billion naira as compensation to the people of Odi Community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Govt Area of Bayelsa State.
It will be recalled that following the abduction/disappearance of 9 Police Officers in the community on November 4th, 1999, the Obasanjo-led administration ordered the invasion of Odi by the Nigerian Military on November 20th, 1999.
The military left in its wake the brutal massacre and killing of over 2500 persons in Odi Community according to Human Rights experts. Houses were razed, women were raped,homes were broken , properties running into billions of naira was lost and lives were claimed as soldiers invaded the community in tanks and artillery warfares.
A popular Nigerian singer attempted to draw the attention of the government to the carnage it committed in Odi with a song titled 'Dem Mama' claiming women and children were either killed, raped or maimed and left heart-broken.