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  AN OFFICIAL OF THE COURT CALLS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE JURISDICTION OF THE ECOWAS COURT TO ENTERTAIN CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY 

A senior official of the Community Court of Justice - ECOWAS on Thursday, 27 October 2016 met with a delegation from the Regional Office of Amnesty International for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, during which he canvased that the Court be invested with some level of criminal jurisdiction in order to allow it to handle issues related to crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide.



The Dean of the Court, Honourable Justice Hamèye Founé Mahalmadane told the delegation that the modalities for the integration of this criminal jurisdiction, which was endorsed in 2012 by a meeting of stakeholders, should be determined by “additional reflections to be undertaken at regional level”.

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 NIGERIA HELD LIABLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has awarded the sum of N5 million (five million naira) in compensation for damages to a Nigerian citizen, Mr. Godswill Tommy Udoh for the violation of his human rights by security agents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


The Court also ordered the Nigerian government to bear the cost of litigation in the suit in which the Court characterised the arrest of Mr. Udoh as ‘arbitrary and unlawful’ but dismissed the allegation of ‘degrading and inhuman treatment’ as unsubstantiated/unproven.

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  ECOWAS COURT FIXES 9 NOVEMBER FOR HEARING IN CASE BROUGHT AGAINST FULANI HERDSMEN BY COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA'S BENUE STATE


The ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed 9th November 2016 to begin hearing in a case brought by 12 persons from Nigeria’s Benue State who claimed to be victims of ‘atrocities’ committed by Fulani herdsmen including the degradation of their environment, the destruction of their ancestral homes, the displacement of their people and destruction of property.


The Applicants claimed in suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/11/16 that within the last three years, Fulani Herdsmen have carried out over 50 (fifty) major attacks on Benue communities the most prominent of them taking place in 15 out of 23 Local Government Areas of the State namely, Agatu, Gwer East, Gwer West, Makurdi, Guma, Tarka, Buruku, Katsina Ala, Logo, Ukum, Kwande, Oju, Obi and Konshisha.

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 PRESIDENT REGIONAL COURT ORDERS ECOWAS COMMISSION TO PAY DEBT TO NIGERIAN COMPANY


West Africa’s regional court has ordered the ECOWAS Commission to pay N20, 698,920 to a Nigerian company, Vision kam Jay Investment Limited, being the balance of the contract sum of goods and services rendered to the Commission by the company since 15th December 2014.  


Delivering judgement in a case brought by the company for a breach of contract, the ECOWAS Court of Justice also ordered the Commission to pay the company one per cent interest per day on the outstanding debt until its liquidation beginning from 16th April 2015.

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