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alt  ECOWAS COURT FIXES 2nd MAY FOR HEARING ON THE DEMOLITION OF SUSPECTED KIDNAPPER's RESIDENCE

Hearing has been fixed  for 2nd May 2017 by the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS in case brought by the father of an alleged kidnapper whose residence was ‘arbitrarily’ demolished on 12th April 2014 under a state government law that allows for the demolition the houses of kidnappers.


In suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/13/14 Chief Damian Onwuham and 12 others are suing the Federal Republic of Nigeria and its Imo State government for the demolition of their residential buildings of three bungalows on suspicion that one of the occupants of the property was a kidnappe.

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alt  COMMUNITY COURT OF JUSTICE SET TO HEAR CASE BROUGHT BY NNAMDI KANU ON ITS MERIT

  The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice on 7th March 2017 ruled that it has the competence to hear a case filed against the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by Nnamdi Kanu alleging the violation of his human rights by the government.


Ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the government contesting the Court’s jurisdiction, Justice Micah Wilkins Wright who delivered the ruling  declared the case ‘admissible’ and ordered that the case proceed on its merits  while fixing 27th April 2017 for the hearing of the substantive case.

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alt THE PRESIDENT OF THE BAR  ASSOCIATION OF BENIN  FOR A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE COURT


At the audience he granted to the delegation of the ECOWAS Court of Justice on a sensitization mission to Benin, Mr Yvon DETCHENOU, President of the Bar Association of Benin pleaded with the ECOWAS Court of Justice to set up a platform to allow lawyers and practitioners of community law to sufficiently appropriate themselves with practices and procedures before the Court. The President, who received the delegation of the Court on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 in the presence of Mr Armand SOUNTON, Director for Regional Integration was of the opinion that mastering the procedures by lawyers of the host country will enable them to properly represent their clients.

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alt  ECOWAS COURT AND RAOUL WALLENBERG INSTITUTE TO COLLABORATE IN IMPROVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE

The ECOWAS Court and the Swedish-based Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law have expressed their willingness to collaborate in pursuing activities that will improve access to justice, particularly in strengthening the contribution of the Court to deepening the culture of respect for human rights in West Africa.



The commitment was made on Tuesday, 13th February 2017 during a working visit of the Head of the Nairobi office of the Institute, Mr Josh Ounsted, to the Court where he held discussions with senior officials of the regional court led by its President, Honorable Justice Jérôme Traoré.

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