Metro Port-Harcourt Shooting: ECOWAS Court finds govt guilty, imposes penalty- Vanguard



Four years after, the ECOWAS Court of Justice, Abuja has held that the refusal of the government to investigate and prosecute security operatives that killed and maimed protesters in Port-harcourt violated their right to peaceful protest.

In a judgment delivered in a suit filed before the court by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) alongside some residents of Bundu Waterfront community, Port Harcourt over attacks on them and their relatives, the court ordered the government to pay $70,000 in damages to the plaintiffs.

The court held the rights to peaceful assembly and association are the foundation of a civilised society, while it imposed damages against the government for the violations of the plaintiffs’ human rights to peaceful assembly and association and freedom from forced evictions.

Attorney General of the Federation; Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi; Commissioner for Justice Rivers State; and the Commissioner for Urban Development, were joined as Defendants

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Source: #Vanguard