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altCOURT DISMISSES CASE RELATING TO BOUNDARY DISPUTE ALREADY RESOLVED BY NIGERIA’S SUPREME COURT

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has dismissed a suit in which a Nigerian community had asked for the Court’s intervention in the resolution of a boundary dispute with a neighboring community in a case that had been resolved by the country’s Supreme Court.

In the decision read by Justice Chijioke Nwoke, the Court declared the case inadmissible on the grounds that the matter bordered on municipal boundary conflict which did not fall within its jurisdiction particularly its human rights mandate as claimed by the plaintiffs.

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alt ECOWAS COURT DISMISSES CASE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF DECISION OF NATIONAL COURT

The ECOWAS Court has dismissed as ‘inadmissible,’ a suit filed by Finance Investment and Development Corporation Inc. (FIDC) against the Republic of Liberia.

In dismissing the suit, a panel of three Justices of the Court, presided by Hon. Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke, declared that the claim has been overtaken by the decision of the Supreme Court, as the ECOWAS Court is not an appellate Court over decisions of national courts of Member States.

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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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