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Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:42

ECOWAS COURT HEARS CASES ON ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INVOLVING NIGERIA


In the case with suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/26/13 concerning The Registered Trustees of Jama’a Foundation and 5 others, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and another, the plaintiffs sought leave of the court to call 28 witnesses as submitted in their application dated 2nd March, 2015. 

Responding, counsel to the respondents urged the court to hear its preliminary objection before hearing the prayers of the plaintiff. The preliminary objection amongst others questioned the locus standi of the plaintiffs.

Subsequently, the plaintiffs adopted their response to the respondents’ preliminary objection.


Hon. Justice Nwoke who presided over the case suspended ruling on the preliminary objection stating that the court will take both the preliminary objection and substance of the matter together.

On the application to call witnesses, the court granted leave to the plaintiffs to call the witnesses to appear before the court from next date of hearing. The case has been adjourned to 24th of September, 2015 for hearing.

The subject matter of this case filed before the court on the 16th of January, 2014 is the sustained violation of the rights to life, human dignity, equal protection of the law, and other economic and social rights of the applicants and other members of their community.

The plaintiffs sought orders of the court to declare that the failure of the defendants, their agents or privies to protect their lives and properties in the course of the 2011 presidential election violated their rights as provided for, in the relevant treaties and convention to which Nigeria is a party. 

The plaintiffs further claimed that the negligence of the defendants resulted in the killing of over 800 citizens and displacement of over 60,000persons.

The plaintiffs also sought an order directing the defendants to implement the recommendations of Sheikh Lemu investigative panel as it affects them, and asked for compensatory damages in the sum of N105,006,204.016 (One Hundred and Five Billion, Sixty-Six Million, Two Hundred and Four Thousand, Sixteen Naira) only.

In another suit involving Vincent Agu and 19 others and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 5 others, the court was notified by an application filed by the plaintiff asking for an adjournment.
Considering that the case is still in the process of settlement, Hon. Justice Nwoke who presided over the hearing, adjourned the case to the 12th of October, 2015 for course of settlement / hearing.

In this case, the plaintiffs claimed that the inaction of the defendants have resulted in the maiming and injuring of people living in communities where landmines and explosive remnants of the Nigerian civil war exist and still pose persistent threat.

Both cases were heard by a panel of three honourable judges of the court - Hon Justice Hon. Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke (presiding), Hon. Justice Hon. Justice Jérôme Traoré (member) and Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright (member).


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