Thursday, February 20, 2014

Akeem v. Federal Republic of Nigeria, No. ECW/CCJ/APP/03/09

On January 28, the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) awarded compensation of NGN5,000,000 to Private Alimu Akeem, a Nigerian soldier, for unlawful incarceration since 2006. It also ordered his immediate release from custody. According to Dikoko News, the court unanimously found that Nigeria had violated Articles 6 and 7(1)(d) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The decision has not yet been posted on the ECOWAS Court's website. For a useful summary of earlier proceedings in the case see Solomon T. Ebobrah, Human Rights Developments in African Sub-Regional Economic Communities in 2011, 12 African Hum. Rgts. L.J. 223, 249-50 (2012).

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