Stella Dimoko ECOWAS Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay $75,000 To Family Of Dead Military Cadet


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ECOWAS Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay $75,000 To Family Of Dead Military Cadet

 The ECOWAS Court of Justice has ordered the Nigerian government to pay $75, 000 to the family of a deceased cadet of the Nigerian army, Elshadai Kwasu, for alleged violation of the deceased right to life.

The deceased, a 19-year-old military cadet, died during the conduct of a waterman-ship training in April 2015.

Following his death, the late cadet’s father, Danladi Kwasu, approached the court to demand the invocation of relevant sections of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights on the grounds of alleged violation of his child’s right to life. The defendants in the case are the Nigerian government and the NDA.

But the Nigerian government through its lawyers argued that the family of the deceased had signed a prior agreement consenting to possible negative effects of the exercise, wherein they (Mr. Kwasu’s family) agreed to understand any hazards that the program could result in.

Mr. Chijioke said the facts before the court clearly indicated that the death of the deceased was linked to acts of negligence on the part of the defendants.

The court decided that a case of violation of the deceased right to life was duly established, given the court documents which has shown that the late cadet was forced to swim, despite the defendant’s knowledge that he lacked the ability to do so.

He, therefore, agreed with the application for payment of $75,000 as damages for the life of deceased which was demanded by Mr. Kwasu’s father and ordered an immediate investigation into the matter, with a view to prosecuting the officials involved in the violation.

From Premium Times


  1. RIP to the deceased, but one thing needs to be pointed out here. Swimming screening should have been one of the criteria on the entry screening, I am sure lots of other potential applicants applied that could swim, but were not selected, only for a candidate that could not swim to be selected, now the tragedy. This should serve as a lesson to the Selection Board, so that in subsequent selections, due screening will be carried out. I remember writing same NDA test for good three years without success till i was above the age limit, when i regretfully went and apply to the University, even when i passed all criteria, but then , who am I, when i don't have the military or political connection. May the soul of the deceased rest in Peace.

  2. Will they pay it
    Nigerian government has been known to disobey court orders
    And why ECOWAS court and not Nigerian high court?


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