WEST AFRICAN REGIONAL COURT SET TO HEAR 45 CASES FROM 10 COUNTRIES

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, set up by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). is scheduled to hear 45 cases from 10 member States for the first quarter of 2016, according to records provided by the Registry of the Abuja-based institution.

The court will deliver judgments in five of the cases, give rulings on three others while the rest of the cases are for hearing. Three of the judgements have already been made by the Court, according to correspondence from the Court that was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA).

Most of the cases concern charges of human rights violations against member States and include those filed by retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser to former Nigerian President Dr Goodluck Jonathan and by Djibril Bassole, who served as foreign minister under former President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso.

Both of them have approached the court for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.

Hearing in case filed by Col. Dasuki has been fixed for March 15, 2016 while that filed by the former foreign minister of Burkina Faso will be heard on March 18, 2016.

In another of the cases due to be heard during this first quarter, Dorothy Chioma Njemanze and three others are suing the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, alleging that they were arbitrarily abducted, detained and assaulted sexually, verbally and physically at different times between January 2010 and March 2013.

Source:GNA