Nigerian Army ordered by ECOWAS Court to pay 244 dismissed Soldiers

The Federal Government of Nigeria has been ordered by the West African regional court, ECOWAS Court of Justice, to pay the arrears of about 244 soldiers that were dismissed from service in 2016.

The verdict of the court, which was delivered on Thursday, was revealed by the information department of the court on Friday.

It would be recalled that the court, in a judgement that was delivered on May 15, 2019, labelled the dismissal of the soldiers as a blow to their individual right to work and fair hearing.

However, the court which was presided over by Justice Gberi-Be Ouattara, ordered the Federal Government to pay the arrears of the soldiers.

According to the three-man panel, the Federal Government should pay the monthly arrears of the suspended soldiers, salaries, and other entitlements of the soldiers till January 2020.

Issuing the fresh order, the court said “the judgment of the court in ECW/CCJ/JUD/21/19 delivered on May 15, 2019, is hereby supplemented with an additional paragraph no (vi)”.

Meanwhile, the soldiers’ supplementary application on June 14, 2020, urging the court to mandate the federal government to reinstate them was turned down by the court as their prayer was not answered.

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