ECOWAS court orders FG to pay 244 dismissed soldiers benefits

ECOWAS court orders FG to pay 244 dismissed soldiers benefits

- ECOWAS court in Abuja has ordered the federal government to pay the entitlements of 244 soldiers who were dismissed

- The Nigerians government had dismissed the soldiers after accusing them of abandoning the Boko Haram insurgency fight

- However, the ECOWAS court has faulted the decision of the Nigerian Army to dismiss the soldiers

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ECOWAS court in Abuja has ordered the federal government to pay the entitlements of 244 soldiers who were dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2016.

Premium Times reported that the Nigerians government had dismissed the soldiers after accusing them of abandoning the Boko Haram insurgency fight.

ECOWAS court orders FG to pay 244 dismissed soldiers benefits

ECOWAS court orders FG to pay 244 dismissed soldiers benefits
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The soldiers challenged the matter before the ECOWAS court and on May 15, 2019, the court faulted the decision of the Nigerian Army to dismiss the soldiers.

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In a supplementary judgment on Thursday, June 26, 2020, the court ordered the Nigerian government to pay all arrears of monthly allowances and salaries and other entitlements of the affected solders up to January 2016.

Meanwhile, a group of community-based organisations in Nigeria has condemned the calls for the sack of Nigeria's service chiefs in some quarters.

The organisations under the aegis of People’s Parliament vowed to sustain its total support for President Muhammadu Buhari's administration and the service chiefs in the fight against insurgency in the northeast region.

In a communique signed by George Gondo and Adamu Bagudu, the organisation's chairman and secretary respectively, the organisation said President Buhari and the service chiefs have demonstrated capacity, willpower and the expertise to rid the country of terrorism, banditry and other crimes

Addressing journalists in Abuja, a member of the organisation, Gabriel Agibi on Wednesday, June 24, said the president and his service chiefs would need the total support of all Nigerians to deliver absolute peace across the country.

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The People's Parliament also called on state governors and stakeholders to play their own part, as all hands must be on deck to defeat the remnants of the Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.

The organisation said it overwhelmingly passed a vote of confidence on President Buhari and his security architecture to defeat the insurgency ravaging Nigeria.

Further advising the already decimated Islamic fighters to surrender now they have the chance, the organisation called on security agencies charged with investigations and intelligence gathering to step up their game.

The communique in its recommendation urged the agencies to provide actionable intelligence to troops so as to complement what the military is doing at the battlefield.

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