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  ECOWAS COURT ORDERS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO RELEASE FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER, PAY N15M IN DAMAGES FOR THE VIOLATION OF HIS HUMAN RIGHTS


The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Federal Republic of Nigeria to immediately release Retired Colonel Sambo Mohammed, the National Security Adviser to a former Nigerian President, from detention and pay the sum of N15million naira in damages for the violation of his human rights.


A panel of three judges of the Court presided over by Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke   said that the ‘arrest,  detention and continued detention’ of the Adviser since November 5, 2015 ‘ without charge or judicial order having been granted bail by three different  domestic courts’ is unlawful, arbitrary and constitutes a violation of his rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right.

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 ECOWAS COURT RESCHEDULES JUDGEMENT FOR OCTOBER 2016 IN THE CASE BROUGHT BY DASUKI AGAINST THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT


The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has   fixed 4th October 2016 to deliver judgment in the suit filed by Retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, National Security Adviser to a former Nigerian President, against the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the alleged violation of his human rights.


Honorable Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke, who is presiding over the case, said the judgement, which could not take place on the initial scheduled date of 29th June 2016 because of the retreat of the Judges and other statutory meetings of the Court, will now take place after the Court’s vacation.

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  SEVEN NEW CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS FILED DURING THE VACATION OF THE COURT

Seven new cases were filed by Community citizens in four Member States during the three month annual vacation of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS between July 15th and 15th September2016, according to records at the registry of the Court.


Nigeria with four, topped the list of the cases while the others came from The Gambia, Guinea and Mali mainly for the alleged violation of the human rights of the plaintiffs, particularly the right to life, freedom of expression and violation of social/cultural, political rights and/or economic deprivation.

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 COURT JUDGE SAYS IMPLEMENTATION OF EXISTING LAWS ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION WILL ENHANCE TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS

 

A judge of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS has canvassed the ‘proper implementation’ of existing laws that guarantee access to information in some ECOWAS Member States in order to enhance transparency in governance, promote citizen participation, deter corruption and improve accountability of public officials.

Only eight of the 15 Member States of ECOWAS- Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo, have freedom of access to information laws.

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