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  COURT AWARDS 3.25 MILLION DOLLAR COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS OF 2014 RAID BY NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCES


The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS has awarded $200,000 as compensation to each of the families of eight persons who were killed on 20th September 2013 by Nigerian security agents during a raid on an uncompleted building in Abuja in a search for Boko Haram insurgents.


Delivering judgment on Tuesday, 7th June 2016 in a case brought by a Nigerian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Security Services, a three –member panel of Judges of the Court also asked the government to pay another 150,000 dollars each to the 11 persons who sustained injuries during the raid.

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 ECOWAS COURT DISMISSES CASES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST MEMBER STATES    


The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS on Tuesday, 17th May 2016 dismissed three cases brought by Community citizens alleging the violation of their human rights by Member States of the Community.


In one of the cases, Mr Abdoulaye Koba, had sued the Republic of Niger claiming 100 million CFA in damages for the violation of his human rights over the failure of the State-owned Bank for Development to pay him the balance of 14,989,407 million CFA owed him by the now defunct bank.

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 ECOWAS Court Exonerates Sierra Leone of Human Rights Violation


The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS has dismissed as ‘baseless’, a case brought by 180 former staff of the defunct Sierra National Airlines against the government of Sierra Leone alleging the violation of their human rights over the payment of their severance benefits.


Delivering judgment in the case on Thursday, 19th May 2016, a panel of three judges of the Court held that the ‘liquidation process initiated by the State of Sierra Leone does not constitute a violation of any of the rights invoked by the Applicants.

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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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