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alt ECOWAS COURT ORDERS THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TWO DEATH ROW INMATES OF NIGERIAN PRISON

The ECOWAS Court has ordered the immediate release by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, of two inmates of the Enugu prison in the country’s South East who had been on death row for 23 years following their 1995 conviction by a military tribunal for armed robbery.

 Gabriel Inyang and Linus Iyeme,  were ordered to be released on Friday, 29th June 2018 after the Court found the Nigerian government in breach of Article 7 (1) (a) and (d) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights thereby rendering their continued detention illegal and unlawful.

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alt COURT WORKING WITH STAKEHOLDERS TO IMPROVE ENFORCEMENT OF ITS DECISIONS

West Africa’s Community Court of Justice is collaborating with the Pan African Lawyer’s Union (PALU) and the Swedish based Raoul Wallenberg Institute, an academic institution devoted to the promotion of human rights and humanitarian law, to develop strategies for improving on the enforcement of the decisions of the Court.

The operationalisation of the two year project, which is sponsored by Raoul Wallenberg Institute, will involve Member States, Lawyers, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s).

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altECOWAS COURT ORDERS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO PAY 100 MILLION NAIRA FOR THE DEMOLITION OF A FAMILY HOME OVER ALLEGATION OF KIDNAPPING

The ECOWAS Court has ordered the Nigerian government to pay N100,089,140 million (One hundred million, eighty nine thousand, one hundred and forty naira) as special damages to a family whose property was demolished four years ago under a 2009 law of the country’s Imo State that allowed for the demolition of the homes of kidnappers as part measures to curb the menace of kidnapping in the state.

 The award represents the total cost of the buildings and other household items destroyed by agents of the State government, namely, one unit of bungalow of 15 bedrooms and two sitting rooms, another bungalow of seven bedrooms and a sitting room and a third bungalow of six bedrooms and a sitting room.

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altECOWAS COMMISSION ORDERED TO PAY 60 MILLION CFA FRANCS TO FORMER COMMISIONER

The ECOWAS Commission has been ordered to pay 60 million CFA as compensation for damages to a former Commissioner for Education, Science, Culture and Technology, Mr Jean-Pierre Ezin, for the ‘arbitrary interruption of his tenure without reparation.’

Delivering judgment on Friday, 29th June 2018 in a suit brought by Mr Ezin, the ECOWAS Court characterised the early termination of his contract, two years into his four-year tenure, as a violation of Article 18 of the ECOWAS revised Treaty relating to the appointment of Statutory Appointees of the Community.

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