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 ECOWAS COURT AWARDS 18 MILLIONS IN DAMAGES AGAINST NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT FOR THE VIOLATION OF THE DIGNITY AS WELL AS PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE INFLICTED ON THREE WOMEN

The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, has awarded the sum of 6 million naira each as compensation to an actress Dorothy Chioma Njemanze and two other women for the violation of their human rights to dignity following the physical, sexual and psychological violence inflicted on them by agents of the Nigerian State.


Ms Njemanze, a Nollywood Actress and three others approached the Court in suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/17/14 asking for 100 million in damages for the ‘pain, suffering and harm to their dignity including physical, mental and emotional trauma’ following the treatment meted to them by agents of the State at various times’ while arresting women suspected to be prostitutes in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.

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 ECOWAS COURT DISMISSES ELECTION-RELATED CASE IN THE GAMBIA


The ECOWAS Court of Justice has on Tuesday 10 2017 dismissed for lack of jurisdiction,  a suit filed by the President of one of Gambia’s opposition parties in conjunction with a former Minister of Information, alleging that the 7th July 2015 Election Amendment Act passed by the country’s National Assembly violated their fundamental human rights.


Delivering judgement in the case filed on 23rd August 2016 by Mr Omar Jallow, former President of the Peoples, Progressive Party and Mr Amadou Scattred, a former minister of information, a three member panel of Judges held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to adjudicate on electoral issues of Member States.

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 PARTIES GIVEN 30TH OCTOBER DATE TO REPORT ON EFFORTS AT AMICABLE SETTLEMENT OF SUIT RELATED TO CIVIL WAR BOMBS


The ECOWAS Court of Justice has fixed 30th October, 2017 to receive the final report of an ongoing settlement by parties in a suit filed by 20 persons in which they accused the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of negligence in the disposal of ordinance from the country’s war.

The Court had fixed 10th October, 2017 to enable the parties report on the status of their ongoing efforts towards an amicable settlement.

However, the parties told Court on the  10th October 2017 date fixed for reporting on the status  that the report of the settlement was ready but awaiting the signature of one of the parties and asked for more time to enable them conclude the process.

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 ECOWAS COURT PRESIDENT OPENS 2017 - 2018 LEGAL YEAR 

The President of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Honorable Justice Jerome Traore on Monday, 9th October 2017 opened the Court’s 2017/2018 legal year with an appeal on the Community’s Council of Ministers to endorse the rules of arbitration that will enable the Court exercise its interim arbitral mandate.

Under Article 16 of the 1993 ECOWAS Revised Treaty, regional leaders authorised the establishment of an ECOWAS Arbitration Tribunal as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism while Article 9(5) of the Protocol on the Court vested it with interim arbitral mandate pending the establishment of the tribunal.
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