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ECOWAS confirms FG of violating human rights during EndSARS

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ECOWAS confirms FG of violating human rights during EndSARS
ECOWAS confirms FG of violating human rights during EndSARS

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Court of Justice has declared the Federal Government of Nigeria guilty of human rights abuses during the #EndSARS protest in October 2020

The court, ruled that the government’s response to the protests, particularly the use of force at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, violated several international human rights standards.

The applicants, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, Perpetual Kamsi, and Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, had sued the Federal Government at the ECOWAS Court for justice on October 21, 2021, seeking enforcement of their fundamental rights.

The applicants alleged through their lawyers, that their rights to life, security of person, freedom of expression, assembly, and association, prohibition of torture, duty of the state to investigate, and the right to effective remedy, were violated during the peaceful protests at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State on October 20 and 21, 2020.

The court ordered the Federal Government to investigate and prosecute security agents responsible for the violations and to report to the court within six months, measures taken to implement the judgment.

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The court also ordered the federal government to pay N2m in compensation to each victim named in the suit.

The regional court, in its lead judgement held that the Federal Republic of Nigeria, through its security agencies, violated Articles 1, 4, 6, 9, 10, and 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACPHR).

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