Stella Dimoko ECOWAS Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay N18 Million To Women Maltreated For And Tagged HO's


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Monday, October 16, 2017

ECOWAS Court Orders Nigerian Government To Pay N18 Million To Women Maltreated For And Tagged HO's

The ECOWAS Court on Thursday delivered its judgment in the case between Dorothy Njemanze and three others versus the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The case centred on the violent, cruel, inhuman, degrading and discriminatory treatment the plaintiffs suffered at the hands of law enforcement agents in Abuja, Nigeria.

The women by name ; Dorothy Njemanze, Edu Okoro, Justina Etim and Amarachi Jessyforth were abducted and assaulted sexually, physicaly, verbally and unlawfully detained at different times between January 2011 and March 2013 in the hands of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and other government agencies, such as the police and the military. They were arrested and accused of being prostitutes simply on the grounds that they were found on the streets at night.

In its judgment, the court held that the arrest of the plaintiffs was unlawful and violated the right to freedom of liberty, as the Defendant State had submitted no proof that these women were indeed prostitutes.

The court also found that branding the women prostitutes constituted verbal abuse, which violated the right of these women to dignity. Further, the court held that the arrest violated the right of these women to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; and also constituted gender-based discrimination.

The 1st, 3rd and 4th Plaintiffs were each awarded damages in the sum of N6 million. However, the claim of the 2nd Plaintiff was dismissed for being statute barred under the Protocol creating the court.

The case was filed on September 17, 2014 and was a joint action between Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, IHRDA, Alliances for Africa, Nigerian Women Trust Fund and the law firm of SPA Ajibade, with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA.

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  1. Replies
    1. All these ECOWAS Court judgment,
      Which police enforces its violation?
      Or will it be like the ICC in Hague and Al Bashir of Sudan?

  2. Will they pay them. They better pay ooo. Next time you will think twice before calling women Ho

  3. Very good. In this town it is prohibited for a woman who has worked hard for her money to go out and have a drink at night except you have a car. You might be waiting for a taxi and police men will hijack you to be a whore like i don't get it.


  5. If I hear say them pay... Story story

  6. Well done Dorri, whether they are paid or not. its a welcome development and will serve as a deterrent to all other agencies not to treat women any less than they are

  7. Dorothy Njemanze doesn't play. How can you call a Princess(she's from the Royal Njemanze family in Owerri) a prostitute? A Journalist, Philantropist and Advocate. I remember when this happened.


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