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Rights Abuse: ECOWAS Court orders FG to pay N20m to two Nigerians

Judges of the ECOWAS Court docket led by Justice Dupe Atoki have ordered the Nigeria authorities to pay N10million every to 2 residents for the inhuman and degrading remedy they suffered whereas on dying row.

Additionally on the panel had been Justice Januaria Costa (decide rapporteur) and Justice Gberi-be Ouattara, who stood in for Justice Keikura Bangura.

The primary and second plaintiffs, Abu Dennis Uluebeka and Mary Bahago had been on dying row for 15 and 20 years respectively.

The sentence for Mary was later commuted to life imprisonment from October 2018.

Abu has been launched from jail custody, his consultant informed the courtroom.

In awarding the compensation, the courtroom held that the extended delay whereas “awaiting execution in situations of extreme detention the place they skilled fixed anguish, concern, bodily and psychological struggling reached the extent of severity that constitutes merciless, inhuman and degrading remedy prohibited by the African Constitution”.

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Justice Costa said that the courtroom was in a position to conclude that there was an infringement on their rights to not be subjected to torture and inhuman remedy.

Nonetheless, the decide stated the courtroom couldn’t discover enough and convincing factual proof to verify Abu and Mary’s declare that they weren’t receiving the wanted medical care and remedy whereas in detention.

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Their fits ECW/CCJ/APP/45/18 and ECW/CCJ/APP/42/18 filed individually had been consolidated following the directive of the courtroom.

Abu, 88, and Mary, 48, had been detained on the Kirikiri Most Jail in Lagos and Suleja Jail in Abuja.

They alleged the violation of their human rights, proper to a good listening to, proper to attraction, due strategy of regulation and efficient treatment whereas beneath risk of secret execution by the federal government.

The plaintiffs submitted that they had been convicted for homicide and sentenced to dying by hanging and whereas awaiting execution detained in inhuman situations and subjected to torture.

In addition they alleged denial of passable authorized illustration throughout the trial and have exhausted all their probabilities and alternative of attraction.

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Abu and Mary additional said they had been beneficial for amnesty by the Federal Board and Committee because of their persistent medical situation and ailing well being.

They informed the courtroom that they suffered excessive psychological torture, inhuman and degrading situation having been stored on dying row for greater than 15 years and with out entry to enough medical remedy.

Two foundations, The Included Trustees of Centre for Peace and Battle Administration in Africa Basis and Rethink Africa Basis filed the go well with on behalf of Mary Bahago.

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