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Fifteen cases, most of them filed by ECOWAS citizens alleging the violation of their human rights, will be heard by the Community Court of Justice during the month of December according to the record of the Registry of the Court.


Judgement will be delivered in four of the cases while rulings will be delivered in three others.


The cases will be heard by different panels of judges drawn from the seven members of the Court comprising Hon. Justice Jérôme Traoré, President, Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright, Vice President, Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane, Dean, Hon. Justice Yaya Boiro, Hon. Justice Alioune Sall, Hon. Justice Maria Do Céu Silva Monteiro and Hon. Justice Chijioke Nwoke.

In one of the cases ECW/CCJ/APP/28/15, two Nigerians are asking the Court to hold the government of Nigeria liable for the violation of the fundamental rights of the victims of the 2001 and 2011 violent crises in Jos, in the country’s middle belt.  

Akungwang Mangut Sampson & another, who filed the suit on behalf of the victims, claimed that the government’s failure to secure and protect the lives and properties of the victims and thereafter, implement the report of its panel of inquiry, has resulted in emotional, economic and psychological trauma for the victims.

Among the reliefs being sought is a declaration by the Court holding the government liable for breach of its obligations/duties, and compensation in the sum of N10, 000,000.

The matter is slated for hearing on the 5th of December 2016.

In another suit ECW/CCJ/APP/23/15, the Court fixed 6th of December 2016 to deliver judgement in a case filed by Mr. Sahabi Moussa, a Nigerien, who claimed that he had applied for the position of administrative head in the Republic of Niger but was denied the position after his application was annulled on the orders of a court following a ‘conspiracy and petition’ filed by the other applicants.

He asserted that the annulment by the court action without a trial violated his right to fair hearing, and consequently sought orders of the Court to annul the purported election and award cost for reparation for the prejudice suffered.

The Court also fixed 7th December 2016 for ruling in suit no. ECW/CCJ/APP/26/15 filed by two civil society organisations alleging the violation of the human rights of one Mary Sunday, who was physically beaten, dragged on the floor and bathed with boiling stew by her fiancé.


The Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center & Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, which filed the suit on behalf of the victim, claimed that the victim was burnt from an exploding stove in the aftermath of the encounter

They further claimed that police investigations revealed that the victim intentionally inflicted the burns on herself, and that all efforts to re-open the case have been unsuccessful.

Relying on international legal instruments, they averred that she is a victim of gender-based violence and discrimination against women.

They are asking the Court to order the defendant to conduct an independent investigation and sought the payment of N20, 000,000 as compensation for specific and other damages.