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The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (the ECOWAS Court) presided over by Justice Wilkins Wright has ordered the Federal Government to pay one Sunday Mary the sum of N50m.
The verdict was given in a case of domestic violence filed on behalf of Ms. Sunday by a non-governmental organization, the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Gambian partner “Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa” (IHRDA).
The suit ECW/CCJ/APP/26/15 WARDC & IHRDA (on behalf of Mary Sunday) v. Federal Republic of Nigeria was filed in 2015 following a domestic violence perpetrated on Ms. Sunday by her fiancé, a Nigerian police officer in August 2012.
WARDC, in a statement made available to our correspondent, said that Mary in 2012 had a heated argument with her fiancé, Isaac Gbanwuan, who brutally beat her and picked up a boiling pot of stew and poured on her.
“Consequently, Mary suffered extreme burns, lost her ears, has not been able work or walk freely on the streets, as a result of the burns on her body which has resulted in deformation and incapacitation of the victim”, the statement said.
The complainants argued in the suit that the Nigerian state failed to effectively investigate the incident, prosecute and punish the perpetrator of the violations.
In its ruling in Abuja, the ECOWAS Court found Nigeria guilty of violation of Mary’s right to access to justice, and right to have her cause heard.
The Court ordered Nigeria to pay Mary financial reparation amounting to Fifty Million Naira (50,000,0000 Naira – equivalent to about USD 138,000).
The statement disclosed that Mary could not hold back her emotions following the pronouncement of the verdict.
She was quoted as saying, “I have suffered so much pain since the incident happened, and had never known I would obtain justice someday. I don’t know how to thank the lawyers who took it upon themselves to give me hope and assist me in seeking justice.”
The Executive Directors for WARDC and IHRDA, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi and Gaye Sowe, respectively, commended the ECOWAS Court’s decision which they described as a progressive and important jurisprudence for the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Nigeria, the West Africa sub-region and Africa as a whole.
The Nigerian Military, yesterday, said it was set to bring down fire and brimstone on herdsmen militia and any other militia groups identified to be behind the carnage killings in Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Zamfara states.
Acting Director, Defence Information, Brig. Gen John Agim, who was joined by “Whirl Stroke” Operations Commander, Major Adeyemi Yekini, made the declaration yesterday while briefing newsmen on activities of the combined forces to tackle insecurity in the four states.
Brigadier Gen. Agim maintained that the troops under the ‘Operation Whirl Stroke’ will not only track, fish out and come down heavily on any camps of militants terrorising the four states, but will even cross over to any state in pursuit of criminals to flush them out.
He intimated that through intelligence, the military discovered that killer herdsmen hide behind cattle to launch attack on innocent people, adding that they will shoot and kill any cow used as shield by the attackers.
He also disclosed that the Operation started in earnest on May 8, 2018 and troops were deployed to all the flash-points in Benue, Taraba and Nasarawa states; stressing that already 147 persons have been arrested by the troops sent to the affected communities.
His words: “It will subsequently be deployed in Zamfara State, however, aerial recognizance is being carried out on a daily basis in Zamfara state as well as other states under this operation.
“Operation Whirl Stroke is a full-scale military operation in collaboration with other security agencies to completely restore law, order, peace and stability to the affected communities.
“The operation is different from the normal military operations because it has drawn Special Forces from all security agencies including, the Army, Air Force, Police, Navy, DSS among others.
“It is the first time in the history of the country. During the operation there will be air surveillance, marine patrol and land patrol to check attacks from the criminals,” he added.
According to him the operation will also ensure return of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to their various homes.
He said available information has indicated that about 400 residents of Ayilamo village and about 200 residents of Uzer village have returned, out of about 1,500 and 1,000 residents, respectively, who fled the villages in January 2018, due to increased level of attacks by the suspected herdsmen.
“Let me once again encourage locals to share necessary information and intelligence with the troops on the activities of herdsmen and other criminal elements in their localities,” he solicited.
He said: “The evil people amongst us are fewer than the good people. What gives them freedom of action is our silence of their evil activities and, therefore, let us all join hands to salvage our dear country.
“So, let me once again encourage locals to share necessary information and intelligence with the troops on the activities of herdsmen and other criminal elements in their localities, We have no other country than Nigeria,” he noted
Monday, April 9th 2018 at 1:45 pm
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