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altECOWAS COURT ORDERS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO PAY 100 MILLION NAIRA FOR THE DEMOLITION OF A FAMILY HOME OVER ALLEGATION OF KIDNAPPING

The ECOWAS Court has ordered the Nigerian government to pay N100,089,140 million (One hundred million, eighty nine thousand, one hundred and forty naira) as special damages to a family whose property was demolished four years ago under a 2009 law of the country’s Imo State that allowed for the demolition of the homes of kidnappers as part measures to curb the menace of kidnapping in the state.

 The award represents the total cost of the buildings and other household items destroyed by agents of the State government, namely, one unit of bungalow of 15 bedrooms and two sitting rooms, another bungalow of seven bedrooms and a sitting room and a third bungalow of six bedrooms and a sitting room.

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altECOWAS COMMISSION ORDERED TO PAY 60 MILLION CFA FRANCS TO FORMER COMMISIONER

The ECOWAS Commission has been ordered to pay 60 million CFA as compensation for damages to a former Commissioner for Education, Science, Culture and Technology, Mr Jean-Pierre Ezin, for the ‘arbitrary interruption of his tenure without reparation.’

Delivering judgment on Friday, 29th June 2018 in a suit brought by Mr Ezin, the ECOWAS Court characterised the early termination of his contract, two years into his four-year tenure, as a violation of Article 18 of the ECOWAS revised Treaty relating to the appointment of Statutory Appointees of the Community.

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altCOMMUNITY COURT ORDERS NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT TO PAY 50 MILLION IN COMPENSATION TO FAMILY OF DECEASED POLITICIAN

The Nigerian government has been ordered to pay 50 million naira in compensation to the family of a Nigerian politician, Ikyasa Chia, who was abducted and later killed three years ago by Policemen.

The ECOWAS court which handed down the judgment on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 said the compensation is for the ‘arbitrary, unlawful and illegal’ killing of the family’s breadwinner on 14th August 2015 by the police near Makurdi, the capital of the country’s Benue State.

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alt NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT ORDERED TO PAY 15 MILLION NAIRA TO VICTIM OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has awarded the sum of fifteen million (15,000,000) Naira against the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as compensation for prejudice suffered by a Nigerian lady, Mary Sunday who was the victim of domestic violence by the fiancé, a policeman and agent of the government.

The court said on Thursday, 17th May 2018, that the compensation was for the violation of the plaintiff’s right to effective remedy before a competent national court because of the lack of diligence in the investigation and prosecution of the case, which was brought by two Non-governmental Organisations (NGO’s) and the victim.

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