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The Members of the Bureau of the Court went on a mission at Abidjan, in Côte d’Ivoire, from 29 January to 1 February 2017.
During the mission, they paid a courtesy call on His Lordship the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Côte d’Ivoire and Chairman of the Judicial Council of ECOWAS, and had a working session with the President of the West African Jurists Association (WAJA).


During the visit, His Excellency the Ambassador and Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission at Abidjan, Mr. Babacar Carlos Mbaye, who led the delegation, introduced the Members of the Bureau to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Côte d’Ivoire.


The meeting between the Bureau of the Court and the Chief Justice (doubling as the Chairman of the Judicial Council of ECOWAS) began with customary greetings and wishes from Members of the Bureau to their distinguished host, after which they presented to him the main outlines of the of the programme they have mapped out for implementation during their tenure, and sought advice and direction from him, towards attaining the objectives they had set for themselves.


The Chief Justice listened carefully to the requests made by the new Bureau of the Court and assured them of his support, to enable them succeed during the period of their tenure in office.


He thanked the Bureau for their visit, which he considered to be a positive sign towards fruitful relations between the Court and the ECOWAS Judicial Council.


Again, he thanked them for the high consideration given him, in asking him to convey to the attention of the ECOWAS Commission the reforms the Court intends to initiate.


After the meeting with the Chief Justice, the Bureau held a working session with the President of WAJA.


The working session with the President of WAJA provided an opportunity for him to point out the difficulties he had been encountering, which were preventing him from conducting the activities of the Association very smoothly.


He expressed his desire to see those impediments removed, to enable WAJA get off the ground.  


The Bureau responded to the difficulties and concerns raised by the President of WAJA and assured him of their readiness to assist WAJA stand up on its feet and forge ahead as quickly as possible.


Before their departure, the Bureau visited the Chief Justice for a second time, and he in turn offered a present to each of the members of the delegation.
  

 

THE ECOWAS COURT OF JUSTICE HOLDS TRAINING WORKSHOP IN BURKINA FASO

Hon. Justice Jérôme Traoré, President of the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, at the head of a delegation of seven (7) members, will be visiting the Capital of Burkina Faso from 7 to 10 February 2017. The objective of the mission is to hold a training workshop for legal practitioners in Burkina Faso.

The general theme of the program borders on "Litigation before the ECOWAS Court of Justice". It is broken down into three sub-themes, such as "General Introduction to Community Justice and Presentation of the ECOWAS Court of Justice"; "Introduction and conduct of proceedings, representation before the Court and management of emergency procedures"; "Applicable law, preliminary ruling proceedings, judicial remedies, jurisprudence of the Court and execution of judgments".

This program would enable participants to familiarize themselves with the procedure before the Court and its practice. All the speeches will be punctuated with case-law references and national authorities invited to fully assume their role in the execution of judgments of the Court and preliminary ruling proceedings.

The opening ceremony will be marked by three speeches such as the speech of the President of the Bar Association of Burkina Faso; The speech of the Hon. President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice and finally the opening speech of the Minister of Justice.

Invited to participate in this workshop on the functioning of the Community Court are Judges, judicial officers and other legal practitioners in the country.

For further information, please visit the website of the Court at www.courtecowas.org or contact the Information Officer with the following addresses:

Félicien Hounkanrin (Information Officer)

Mobile: 0803-786-3972

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Monday, 14 November 2016 14:55

ECOWAS COURT HEARS SEVERAL CASES OF ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS INVOLVING NIGERIA

The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, on 7th of November 2016 heard 5 cases of alleged human rights violations involving the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

In the case ECW/CCJ/APP/16/15 involving Noel Mian Dallo and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the plaintiff alleged the violation of his right to freedom of movement, dignity of the human person and right to own property.

Mr. Chukwukadibia Donatus, counsel to the plaintiff, claimed that Mr. Dallo was arbitrarily arrested and detained for 2 days by security agent of the defendant State in the course of investigation and manhunt for a suspected security impersonator named ‘Shola.’

The plaintiff sought a declaration from the Court stating that the actions of the defendant were arbitrary, illegal, unlawful and in violation of his fundamental rights. He also sought an injunction restraining further arrest or detention by the defendant or its agents, and payment of N150,000,000 (One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira) as compensation for damages.

At the Hearing, counsel to plaintiff requested for an adjournment to enable him file his reply. Responding, lead counsel to the defendant Mrs. A. Rufai who did not opposed the plaintiff’s request however, reminded the Court that the plaintiff had also sought an adjournment at the last hearing.

Justice Chijioke Nwoke who presided over the matter fixed 8 December 2016 for definite hearing of the case. Other judges on the panel were Justice Micah Wilkins Wright and Justice Yaya Boiro.

In another case filed before the Court on 6 November 2013, the plaintiffs, Registered Trustees of Jama’a Foundation & 3 Others averred that they were victims of sustained violations of their rights to life, security, dignity of the human person and equal protection before the law.

They alleged that they, and other muslims living in Southern Kaduna area were victims of the ethno-religious crisis of 18th and 19th April 2011 that resulted in the brutal murder of over 800 indigenes and displaced about 60,000 others.

They are demanding the implementation of the Sheikh Lemu panel report as it affects the plaintiffs, and adequate monetary compensation in the amount of N105,066,204,016 (One Hundred and Five Billion, Sixty-Six Million, Two Hundred and Four Thousand, Sixteen Naira).

At the hearing, counsel to plaintiffs, Mr. Adekola Mustapha sought leave of the Court to amend the initiating application, join parties, and order the defendants to produce certain documents. The Court granted him leave to amend the initiating application but declined on his request to join parties, which the Court observed were not proper parties before it. Consequently, the plaintiffs were asked to file a fresh application and serve same on the defendant. They were also asked to produce a list of their witnesses and ensure they appear in Court at the next date for hearing fixed for 8 December 2016.

In two separate cases ECW/CCJ/APP/09/15 and ECW/CCJ/APP/10/15 involving Mr. Festus Ogwuche and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the plaintiff, a Nigerian practicing lawyer and citizen of ECOWAS, alleged violations of his fundamental human rights.

In suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/09/15, Mr. Ogwuche submitted that his law firm represented an accused person charged to the defendant’s Federal High Court in the city of Port Harcourt and that on the 1st of August, 2007, he applied to that court to withdraw representation of the accused and that the court granted same.

He claimed that he was subsequently arrested and detained, and his law practice certificate obtained as condition for bail. He sought orders for the release of the certificates and payment of N5,000,000 in reparation and exemplary damages among other reliefs.

While in ECW/CCJ/APP/10/15 Mr. Ogwuche claimed that the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) an agency of the defendant State wrote and sent a letter titled “Additional Regulation for Live Political Broadcasts” to all broadcasting firms across the defendant’s territory.

He alleged that such communication and threat to withdraw licences violates the right of freedom of press. He sought orders of the Court for withdrawal of the letter, and publication of same in national dailies.

Both cases were adjourned to 7 December 2016. On the panel for both cases were Hon. Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke (presiding), Hon. Justice Micah Wilkins Wright, and Hon. Justice Yaya Boiro.

For further information, visit the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS website at www.courtecowas.org or contact the Information Officers using the contact details below:
Contacts:
1. Ugoh Sunny, Head of Division,
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2. Felicien Hounkanrin (Information Officer)
Cell Phone: +234 803-786-3972
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3. Elohor Ovadje (Information Officer)
Cell Phone: +234 803-335-4281, (0)818-448-2456
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Thursday, 13 October 2016 06:40

REGIONAL COURT ORDERS ECOWAS COMMISION TO PAY DEBT TO NIGERIAN COMPANY

West Africa’s regional court has ordered the ECOWAS Commission to pay N20, 698,920 to a Nigerian company, Vision kam Jay Investment Limited, being the balance of the contract sum of goods and services rendered to the Commission by the company since 15th December 2014.

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:00

ECOWAS COURT RESCHEDULES JUDGEMENT FOR OCTOBER 2016 IN THE CASE BROUGHT BY DASUKI AGAINST THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has   fixed 4th October 2016 to deliver judgment in the suit filed by Retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, National Security Adviser to a former Nigerian President, against the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the alleged violation of his human rights.

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