Nigeria: ECOWAS Court Orders Nigeria To Pay Salaries Of 244 Soldiers Dismissed In 2016

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The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay the salaries and allowances of 244 soldiers dismissed in 2016.

The statement issued by the court on Friday said the order was given in a judgment issued by a panel of three justices of the court on Thursday.

The court had earlier ruled in May 2019 that the process by which the soldiers were dismissed violated their right to work and fair hearing.

The court ordered the government to pay all arrears of monthly allowances and salaries and other entitlements of the Applicants up to January 2016.

In the judgment which was delivered by Justice Keikura Bangura, the court said it came to the decision having heard the parties, considered the documents and reviewed its earlier judgment.

In the supplementary application lodged before the court on June 14, 2019, the applicants had asked the court for an order mandating the respondent to immediately reinstate them, to their respective ranks, having found that their dismissal without arraignment, prosecution and sentence by a duly constituted Court Martial was illegal, null and void.

They also asked the court for an order directing the respondent to pay their monthly salaries and other allowances from 2015 and such other months until the date the judgment was enforced.

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