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SERAP drags Wike, FG to ECOWAS Court over rights violations

SERAP drags Wike, FG to ECOWAS Court over rights violations

Socio-economic Right and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the Federal Government to ECOWAS Court over the use of COVID-19 as pretext for committing human rights offences.

The group made this known in a statement put out in Sunday.

It wrote:”We are seeking orders of injunction to stop the repression and for adequate compensation for the victims.”

In a suit number ECW/CCJ/20/20 which was filled on Friday, the group said that the case is primarily against Governor and Rivers state. It, however, said that the Nigerian Government being a signatory to ECOEAS treaties, is sued alongside Rivers State because it failed in its responsibility of ensuring that human rights are not violated in Nigeria.

“Suing @NigeriaGov alongside Governor Wike is entirely consistent with article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which provides that a party may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty,” the group opined.

Recall that recently, there were wide spread condemnation over the demolition of two hotels in Rivers States by Gov Wike for alleged violation of lockdown orders. The Rivers State governor was also criticised for indiscriminately confining of citizens in the state’s isolation facilities.

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