The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sitting at the Supreme Court of Togo, Lome has dismissed an N84 Billion suit filed against the Federal Government of Nigeria by the Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP).
The suit which was filed on behalf of the SERAP by Femi Falana, SAN, alleged that the Federal Government of Nigeria breached the fundamental rights of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who lost their lives in the post election violence that erupted in some parts of the country in 2011. The group sought to hold the Federal Government responsible for the deaths. The Plaintiff consequently sought that the FG pays N84 Billion Naira ($500,000,000) to the families of the deceased NYSC members.
Counsel to the Federal Government of Nigeria in the matter, Fabian Ajogwu, SAN, and Ituah Imhanze applied to the Court to dismiss the Plaintiff’s action against the defendant on the grounds that the Plaintiff lacks the locus standi to institute the action. Dr. Ajogwu further contended that the Plaintiff had failed to disclose any cause of action against the Defendant and as such, the Court lacked the Jurisdiction to hear the suit.
By a judgment delivered by the ECOWAS Court sitting in Lome, Togo on February 13, 2014, the learned Justices of the ECOWAS Court upheld the arguments of Dr. Ajogwu, SAN and consequently dismissed the suit and held in favour of the Federal Government of Nigeria.