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alt  ECOWAS COURT FIXES 27 JUNE FOR JUDGMENT IN AN ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION INVOLVING THE DEATH OF A DRIVER.

The ECOWAS today fixed 27th June 2017 to deliver judgment in a case brought by ThankGod Legbara and four others, alleging the violation of their human rights by the Federal Republic of Nigeria following the killing of a commercial bus driver allegedly by agents of the State for refusal to pay bribe.


In the suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/38/15 filed before the Court on 15th of December 2015, the plaintiffs, who are dependants of the deceased, alleged that a security agent of the defendant unlawfully shot and killed the driver who was going about his lawful business.


The plaintiffs claimed that the incident took place on the 7th of August 2015 after the deceased refused to give a bribe demanded by the agent of the defendant. They added that although the security agent had admitted to the crime, the agency has not paid compensation to the family of the deceased as requested through a written letter by the plaintiff’s solicitor.

They averred that the defendant, the Nigerian government had failed to protect the rights to life and human dignity of the deceased.

ThankGod Legbara and 4 others, including the wife and son of the deceased, are seeking orders of the Court declaring the defendant liable for the gross violation of the rights of the deceased as guaranteed under Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

They are also demanding compensation in the sum of N2, 000,000,000 (two billion naira), and N5, 000,000 (five million naira) for funeral expenses and a public apology to the family

In its defence statement, the defendant is challenging the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain the case and urged the Court to dismiss the suit.

A panel of three judges comprising Hon. Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke (Presiding), Hon. Justice Jérôme Traoré and Hon. Justice Yaya Boiro will determine the case.