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 DASUKI VS FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA: ECOWAS COURT FIXES 29 JUNE FOR JUDGEMENT


The ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed judgement for 29 June 2016 in the suit filed by retired Colonel Sambo Mohammed Dasuki, the National Security Adviser (NSA)      to former Nigerian President alleging the violation of his human rights by the government over his continued detention since December 2015 and seizure of his properties.


This followed the conclusion of oral evidence by two officers of the Department of State Security who were called as witnesses by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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 COURT RESERVES TWO DAYS FOR HEARING IN A CASE BROUGHT BY SECURITY ADVISER TO FORMER NIGERIAN PRESIDENT


The ECOWAS Regional Court has reserved two days to hear the case brought by Retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser to a former Nigerian president alleging human rights violations against the government following his continued detention and the seizure of his properties.


According to the cause list released by the Registry of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, the case will be heard on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th May 2016. This followed the dismissal by the Court on 11th April 2016 of the preliminary objection filed by the government of Nigeria challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to hear the case.

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 MAIDEN EXTERNAL COURT SESSION OF THE ECOWAS COURT IN COTE D’IVOIRE OPENS IN ABIDJAN

 

ECOWAS Member States have been urged to contribute to the realisation of a project by the Community Court of Justice to reduce the cost of litigation on citizens through the creation of sub registries in Member States whereby citizens can file cases without recourse to the headquarters of the Court.


“Sub registries will further democratize access to the Court by citizens of the region as they will enable litigants to lodge applications in their countries without having to come to Abuja as is presently the case,”  said the President of the Court, Honorable Justice Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro while opening the court’s external session in Abidjan on Monday, 18th April 2016.


She also canvassed for the creation of a regional legal aid fund for indigent citizens who could otherwise not avail themselves of the opportunity offered by the Court to remedy the violation of their human rights.

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 WEST AFRICAN JURISTS ADOPT CONSTITUTION FOR THEIR ASSOCIATION


Jurists from West Africa on Friday 15th April 2016 adopted the constitution for the West African Jurists Association (WAJA) as a platform for judges and lawyers from the region to further contribute towards the consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights in West Africa.


The document was adopted at the end of a three day inaugural meeting of the Association convened in Abidjan by the Community Court of Justice, (CCJ) ECOWAS which also presented the jurists with the four basic documents of the Association for the consideration of the members.


The 10-page document enumerated the objectives of the Association to include the promotion of the harmonization of the legal texts of the Community in the spirit of Article 3(2) a of the 1993 ECOWAS Revised Treaty and defend the principle of the independence of the judiciary.

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