ECOWAS

The Federal Government has urged the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States not to accept a June 10, 2016 report of global human rights organisation, Amnesty International, tendered by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The ECOWAS Court’s three-man panel, led by Justice Hameye Mahalmadane, had, on November 21, 2017, adjourned until February 7, 2018 for hearing of pending applications, including one through which Kanu sought to tender the AI’s report and other documents in support of his main suit.

Kanu had, on March 3, 2016, filed his fundamental human rights enforcement suit before the regional court, demanding eight hundred million dollars as compensation from the Nigerian government for his alleged unlawful arrest in 2015 and detention.

Though the IPOB leader has been declared missing by his family members and legal team after soldiers allegedly invaded his home during a military action, an application by his legal team had sought to file the Amnesty International’s report as an additional exhibit because it was said to have been issued by the organisation after the suit was instituted.


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