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ECOWAS Court Orders FG To Pay DJ Switch, Two Others ₦2 Million Each For Rights Violations

EndSARS: ECOWAS Court Orders FG To Pay three protesters N2m each
File photo of EndSARS protesters in 2020

The Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, has ruled in favor of DJ Switch, Perpetual Kamsi, and Dabiraoluwa Adeyinka, ordering the Federal Government to pay each of them ₦2 million for violating their human rights.

The court found Nigeria in breach of several articles of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, including the right to life, security of person, freedom of expression, assembly, and association, and the prohibition of torture.

The judgment, delivered by Justice Koroma Sengu, stated that the Federal Government must investigate and prosecute its agents responsible for the violations and report to the court within six months.

The applicants had alleged that their rights were violated during the peaceful protests against the SARS unit at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State on October 20 and 21, 2020.

While the Federal Government denied the claims, the court held that the respondent breached several articles of the ACPHR, occasioning fundamental breaches of human rights violations.

Report Afrique reported in 2020 that Kenechukwu Okeke, a human rights activist filed a criminal complaint before a Chief Magistrate Court against 50 persons for the alleged roles they played in the #EndSARS protests that took place last month in Nigeria and later spread to other parts of the world.


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