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altECOWAS COURT FIXES 30TH OCTOBER TO HEAR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATION CASE FIELD BY FORMER NIGERIAN MILITARY OFFICER


Hearing will begin on Tuesday, 30th October 2018 in a case brought by a retired military officer alleging the violation of his fundamental rights by the Nigerian Army following his premature retirement twelve years ago for allegedly undertaking an unauthorized University course despite securing the authorization of the Chief of Amy Staff.

In the suit against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Lt Col. Silas Jock Santoi said his travail started in 2000, after submitting a letter notifying the Army of the completion of his studies which in response, characterized the release for the university programme as ‘illegal and unapproved,’ thereby recommending him for disciplinary action.

The retired officer accused the army of having ‘deliberately avoided the correct trial procedure, which violates Section 117 of the Armed Forces Act that provides the right for an Officer to elect to be tried by Court Martial or Summary Trial.’

The Applicant averred that his efforts to seek address using various administrative channels, including resort to the national courts, the national parliament, the national judicial council and four Nigerian leaders,  were frustrated compelling him to approach the ECOWAS Court seeking various reliefs including a declaration that his participation in the course was duly approved by the Army.

He also wants the Court to declare that the stoppage of his salary, benefits, entitlements and purported retirement while the matter was pending before a competent court of law for determination, is an affront to justice and a breach of his fundamental human rights and should be reversed pending the determination of the matter.

The Applicant further urged the Court to declare him ‘physically and mentally fit ‘ and order the government of Nigeria to ‘withdraw all earlier defamatory publications as to his health status,’ as well as pay him 10 billion naira as generally damages and compensation for the breach of his fundamental human rights.