Public Safety

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Federal Republic of Nigeria to pay N10 million compensation for the violation of the right to work to Pte. Barnabas Eli.

The judgment is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday.
It said that Eli was dismissed from the Army for the loss of his rifle in 2012 for which he was sentenced to two years imprisonment by a court-martial without recourse to the confirming authority before enforcement.
The court also ordered the government to pay the applicant the arrears of his salary and other entitlements from March 2015 to the date of his release from detention.
“In suit No. ECW/CCJ/APP/44/16, the applicant who was a member of the Nigerian Army averred that in 2012, in the course of his official duty, a rifle belonging to the Army was stolen at his duty post in Sector 7, Riyom in the country’s Plateau State.
“Delivering a default judgment under Article 90(4) of the Rules of the Court following a motion filed by the applicant on Oct. 10, 2018, the Court also held the government in violation of the applicant’s right to be heard within a reasonable time.
“In determining whether the decision of the Court-martial required confirmation by the appropriate authority before enforcement, the ECOWAS Court relied on the provisions of the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 which stipulates the punishment for the loss of public or service property.


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