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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 15:12

ECOWAS COURT TO HOLD COURT SESSIONS IN CASES INVOLVING NIGERIA, COTE D’IVOIRE, LIBERIA, OTHERS


Thirty two cases would be handled by the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice during the second quarter of 2015 between May and July, according to records released by the registry department of the Court.


The cases, mostly Judgments, rulings and oral hearings, are mainly for human rights violations in Member States.


In one of the cases with suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/06/12, concerning Vincent Agu and 19 others, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 5 others, the plaintiffs are asking the court to hold the Nigerian government and five others ‘negligent’ and in violation of their human rights for not clearing, removing and destroying landmines and explosives from the country’s civil war.

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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 14:43

ECOWAS COURT ADJOURNS CASE BY ISLAMIC CENTRE AGAINST ATTORNEY GENERAL OF NIGERIA’S NIGER STATE


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has adjourned until 22nd September 2015 hearing in the case brought by an Islamic centre against Nigeria’s Niger State for the violation of its human rights following the ‘unlawful destruction of its properties.


The adjournment of the case by the three-member panel of the Court comprising Vice President Chijioke Nwoke and Justices Micah Wilkins Wright and Yaya Boiro is to enable the defendants, the Attorney General of Niger State and two others respond to the amended application by the plaintiffs.


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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:25

COURT PRESIDENT CALLS ON MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR REGIONAL INTEGRATION TO FACILITATE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ITS DECISIONS


The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Honorable Justice Maria do Ceu Silva Monteiro has asked ministers responsible for regional integration in West Africa to assist the court in facilitating the creation of focal points for the implementation of the court’s decisions in their countries.


“Enforcement is the major challenge because most of the Member States have not designated their focal points for the enforcement of the decisions of the court, “she said while answering questions from the members of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers on Saturday, 16th May 2015 during their 74th meeting in Accra, Ghana.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:21

ECOWAS COURT ORDERS GOVERNMENT OF SIERRA LEONE TO PAY $250,000 DOLLARS FOR DISMISSAL OF POLICE OFFICER


The ECOWAS Court of Justice has in a default judgement ordered the government of Sierra Leone to pay $250,000 in damages for the ‘pre-meditated’ dismissal of a police officer, Mohammed El Tayyib Bah based on a ‘concocted allegation’ without affording him the opportunity to defend himself.

A panel of three Judges of the Court Presided over by Vice President Friday Chijioke Nwoke and including Honorable Justices Micah Wilkins Wright and Hameye Foune Mahalmadane declared the 1994 dismissal, confirmed in 2013 as illegal, null, void and of not effect as it violates Article 7 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015 08:39

CHAIRMAN OF ECOWAS JUDICIAL COUNCIL PLEDGES TO FACILITATE THE CREATION OF REGIONAL PLATFORM FOR JUDGES


The Chairman of the ECOWAS Judicial Council, Honorable Justice Rene Francois Aphing-Kouassi has pledged to facilitate the establishment of a regional platform that will bring together judges from the community’s Member States to discuss laws relating to regional integration and human rights in order to promote greater synergy among courts in Member States of integration issues.

Such a platform would also facilitate the implementation of the decisions of the Community Court of Justice, he said while receiving a delegation of the Court led by Honorable Justice Mahalmadene Hamaye Foune in Abidjan on Wednesday, 8th April 2015.

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