- Nigerians have been urged to use ECOWAS court to protect their rights
- According to the officials, individuals can access the court by lodging complaints of violations of human rights
- Meanwhile, the headquarters of the court is in Abuja
The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has urged Nigerians to avail themselves of the availability of the court to protect their rights.
A member of the Court, Justice Dupe Atoki gave the advice on Friday, October 4, at a news conference held in Lagos on the Sensitisation Programme of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice.
Atoki said that the reason for sensitisation was because there was a lack of full knowledge of the existence of the ECOWAS Court of Justice and its working.
She said the court had to create awareness to improve on the knowledge of the citizens by collaborating with every relevant stakeholders that could spread and provide adequate means in which the citizens would get to know their rights.
According to her, individuals can access the court by lodging complaints of violations of human rights, which they have experienced from member states.
“The headquarters of the court is in Abuja, and that is the seats of proceedings, that is where all complaints with regards to violation can be lodged by any individual who feel aggrieved by infractions of state governments,” she said.
The justice said that against Nigeria, 25 judgments had been rendered, for which 11 of those judgments had been implemented.
“And of course, that does not score an excellent record of compliance. And one of the reasons is mainly due to the fact that member states still need to understand their responsibility when they establish organs that hold them accountable,” she said.
Responding on ways the court ensure compliance, Atoki said that the judges remained function officials, once they had delivered judgement.
She said that it was not the duty of the court to press government to obey court orders.
According to her, once judgment has been delivered, the information is passed to the ECOWAS commission, who is responsible for bringing the judgment to the attention of the relevant member state for compliance.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that President Buhari on Saturday, September 14, in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, urged ECOWAS leaders not to allow terrorist groups destabilise the region.
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