Soldiers Who Dragged The Nigerian Government To Court -ECOWAS Court Order The Government To Pay Them
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The ECOWAS Court of Justice is an organ of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional integration community of 15 member states in Western Africa. It was created pursuant to the provisions of Articles 6 and 15 of the Revised Treaty of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Although ECOWAS was founded in 1975 by the Treaty of Lagos (ECOWAS Treaty), the Court of Justice was not created until the adoption of the Protocol on the Community Court of Justice in 1991. Additionally, the ECOWAS Revised Treaty of 1993 established the Court of Justice was an institution of ECOWAS. The Protocol was amended twice; once in 2005, and once in 2006. Notably, the 2005 Supplementary Protocol expanded the Court's jurisdiction to include human rights claims by individuals.
The Court has jurisdiction over four general types of disputes: those relating to the interpretation, application, or legality of ECOWAS regulations, those that arise between ECOWAS and its employees, those relating to liability for or against ECOWAS, and those that involve a violation of human rights committed by a member state.
The Court's docket has been limited, with no more than two dozen judgments rendered annually. However, since 2005, when the Court's jurisdiction was expanded to include human rights claims, the vast majority of cases decided by the Court concern human rights. According to this situation, ECOWAS Court orders Nigerian government to pay the 244 dismissed soldiers benefits.
An Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Court which sat in Abuja on Thursday June 25, ordered the Nigerian government to pay arrears of salaries and other entitlements to 244 soldiers dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2016.
The soldiers who dragged the Nigerian government to court after being accused of allegedly abandoning the Boko Haram insurgency fight and fleeing over alleged inadequate provision of arms and ammunition, demanded an enforcement of their fundamental human rights, including the right to their salaries and entitlements.
Premium Times reported that Justice Keikura Bangura who rejected the soldiers' request to be reinstated into the army, upheld their application that their sack violated their human rights, including right to work and fair hearing.
The ECOWAS court which faulted the decision of the Nigerian Army to dismiss the soldiers on May 15, 2019, ordered the Nigerian government to pay all arrears of monthly allowances and salaries and other entitlements of the affected soldiers up to January 2016.