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ECOWAS Court Awards N20m To Death Row Inmates, Orders Respondents To Pay Cost Of Suit

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has awarded N10million each in damages in favor of death row inmates Abu Dennis Uluebeka and Mary Bahago.

The court awarded damages against the Nigerian Government (Respondents) declaring that the Nigerian Government violated the rights of the applicants, and that keeping them on death row for a prolong period of time amounts to torture, inhuman and degrading treatment which is contrary to Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. The Respondents were also ordered to pay the cost of the suit.

The Justices also ordered that the Respondent should pay the cost of the suit and the Judgment be complied with within 3 Months from the date of the Judgment.

In a statement by Noah Ajare Esq., President of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Management in Africa and the lead Counsel in the matter;

“We commend the judgment of this progressive Court and call for the implementation of the decision by the Nigerian authorities, we strongly condemn any forms of torture and inhuman treating and call on the Nigerian Government to put machinery in place for the eradication of all forms of torture and human right abuses.”

MARY BAHAGO had been on death row for more than 20 years at Suleja prison. The case was filed on the 3rd of October 2018. ABU DENNIS ULUEBEKA had been on death row for more than 15 years, and was above 88 years old. The case was filed on the 21st of September 2018.

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