No fewer than 45 cases from 10 member states including that of former national security adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan have been scheduled for the first quarter of 2016 by the Community Court of Justice.
According to a statement from the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja,the court will deliver judgements in five of the cases, give rulings on three others while the rest of the cases are for hearing.
Three of the judgements will be delivered on 16th February 2016. The statement further said that most of the cases are from human rights violations against member states.
They include those filed by retired Colonel Mohammed Sambo Dasuki, the national security adviser to former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan and another by Djibril Bassole, who served as foreign minister under former President Blaise Compaore.
Both of them have approached the court for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.
Hearing of Col. Dasuki’s case has been fixed for March 15 while that filed by the former foreign minister of Burkina Faso has been fixed for March 18.
Other cases due to be heard during this first quarter, are those of Dorothy Chioma Njemanze and three others suing the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, alleging that they were arbitrarily abducted, detained and assaulted sexually, verbally and physically at different times between January 2010 and March 2013.
They alleged that the agents of the government of Nigeria comprising the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), the Nigerian Police, and the Nigerian Military subjected them to gender-based violence and inhuman and degrading treatment contrary to the provisions of various international legal instruments.