The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sitting in Lome, the capital of Togo, has dismissed an N84 billion suit filed against the Federal Government of Nigeria by a group, the Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
The suit, which was filed on behalf of the SERAP by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), alleged that the Federal Government of Nigeria breached the fundamental rights of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members who unfortunately lost their lives in the post-election violence that erupted in some parts of the country in 2011 and sought to hold the federal government responsible for the deaths.
The plaintiff consequently sought that the defendants respect the fundamental human rights of NYSC members serving in all parts of the country, and to pay $500,000,000 (N84 billion) to the families of the deceased NYSC members.
Counsel to the federal government, Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), applied to the court to dismiss the plaintiffâ€™s action against the defendant on the grounds that the plaintiff lacked the locus standi to institute the action.
Ajogwu further contended that the plaintiff had failed to disclose any cause of action against the defendant and as such, the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the suit.
While delivering judgment on the matter, the justices of the court upheld Ajogwuâ€™s arguments and consequently dismissed the suit.