ECOWAS Orders Nigerian Govt To Pay 244 Soldiers Dismissed From Nigerian Army In 2016
Jun. 26, 2020
An Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice sitted in Abuja on Thursday June 25, has ordered the Nigerian government to pay salaries and other entitlements to 244 soldiers dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2016.
Contained in a statement issued by the court on Friday, the order was given in a judgement issued by a panel of three justices of the court on Thursday.
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The court however rejected the request of the soldiers for an order directing the government to reinstate them as ‘the court did not omit to give a decision on reinstatement of the applicants in the original judgement.”
The court had earlier ruled in May 2019, that the process by which the soldiers were dismissed violated their right to work and fair hearing.
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 three-member panel for the case are Justice Keikura Bangura, Justices Gberi-Be Ouattara (presiding) and Dupe Atoki.
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