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27 June 2020

ECOWAS Court orders FG to pay soldiers dismissed in 2016.

The West African regional court, ECOWAS Court of Justice, has ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay the arrears of the salaries of two hundred and forty-four soldiers who were dismissed from service in 2016.

A summary of the verdict released by the court’s information department on Friday stated that the court had in an earlier judgment delivered on May 15, 2019 declared the process of dismissal of the soldiers as flawed and a violation of their right to work and fair hearing.

The court, delivered a supplementary judgment in which it reviewed the earlier May 15, 2019 verdict to include the order for the payment of the dismissed soldiers their entitlements, which was committed in the said previous verdict.

A three-man panel of the court presided over by Justice Gberi-Be Ouattara, therefore ordered the Nigerian government to pay all arrears of monthly allowances, salaries and other entitlements of the applicants up to January 2016.

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