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FG violates rights of EndSARS protesters — ECOWAS Court

The Court docket of Justice of the European Union, ECOWAS, dominated on Wednesday that the Federal Republic of Nigeria has violated the human rights of Obianuju Catherine Udeh and two others.

The court docket discovered that Nigeria had violated Articles 1, 4, 6, 9, 10 and 11 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights, specifically with regard to the fitting to life, safety of individual, freedom of expression, meeting and affiliation, the prohibition of torture, the obligation of the State to analyze and the fitting to an efficient treatment.

The court docket ordered that compensation of N2 million be paid for the violation of their rights. As well as, the court docket ordered that the safety brokers liable for the violations be prosecuted and report back to the court docket inside six months on the measures taken to implement this judgment.

The plaintiffs, Obianuju Udeh, Perpetual Kamsi and Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, alleged that these violations occurred through the peaceable protests on the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State on October 20 and 21, 2020.

The primary applicant, Udeh, alleged that troopers shot at protesters, killing and wounding them. She live-streamed this and subsequently obtained threatening telephone calls, forcing her to enter hiding and finally being granted asylum.

The second applicant, liable for the well-being of the protesters, describes how troopers began capturing after an influence outage, leaving her in hospital resulting from tear fuel from the police.

The third applicant claimed that she narrowly escaped being shot, that she noticed troopers refusing to let the ambulance in and that she later witnessed insufficient hospital take care of victims.

She acknowledged that she and her colleagues had taken on the care of the victims and that she had always confronted threats and surveillance, presumably by the defendant’s brokers.

The claimants alleged that the defendant dedicated a number of human rights violations through the peaceable protests in opposition to the SARS unit of the Nigerian Police on the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State on October 20 and 21, 2020.

In an e mail despatched to our correspondent by the court docket, Justice Koroma Sengu wrote that the court docket had rejected the declare that the fitting to life as assured in Article 4 of the ACPHR had been violated.

The correspondence acknowledged: ‘The Court docket of Justice of the European Union, ECOWAS, dominated on 10 July 2024 that the Federal Republic of Nigeria has violated the human rights of Obianuju Catherine Udeh and two others.
The Court docket discovered that Nigeria had violated Articles 1, 4, 6, 9, 10 and 11 of the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights, specifically as regards the fitting to life, safety of individual, freedom of expression, meeting and affiliation, the prohibition of torture, the obligation of the State to analyze and the fitting to an efficient treatment.

“Decide Koroma Mohamed Sengu, the Decide-Rapporteur, who delivered the decision, mentioned the Court docket rejected the allegation that the fitting to life as assured in Article 4 of the ACPHR was violated.

“Nevertheless, he mentioned the defendant should pay every claimant two million naira as compensation for violations of their private safety, the prohibition of torture and merciless, inhuman and degrading therapy, the fitting to freedom of expression, meeting and affiliation, the obligation to analyze human rights violations and the fitting to an efficient treatment.

“Moreover, the defendant should comply together with his obligations beneath the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights, examine and prosecute his brokers liable for these violations, and report back to the Court docket inside six months on the measures taken to implement this judgment.”

The court docket held that the defendant denied all of the claims of the plaintiffs and alleged that the protesters unlawfully assembled on the Lekki Toll Gate on October 20, 2020, beneath the guise of a protest in opposition to SARS.

The respondent additionally acknowledged that his officers strictly adhered to the foundations and didn’t shoot or kill protesters.

“It was alleged that the primary applicant incited the gang by taking part in music and utilizing her Instagram web page to fire up discontent in opposition to legislation enforcement, who have been focusing on escaped Boko Haram members and bandits.

“The defendant argued that the supply of logistical and welfare assist by the second applicant indicated that she supported the violent protest. She claimed that troopers have been current to revive peace till the police arrived, and denied that any hurt had been accomplished to protesters and refused to permit entry to ambulances,” the court docket mentioned.

The defendant additionally denied that the third applicant’s presence was peaceable and claimed that it was meant to escalate the violence.

The FG argued that the therapy and care of the injured have been administered by the Lagos State Authorities and acknowledged that the claimants had failed to supply credible proof to assist their claims or the aid sought.

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