Killer Herdsmen: ECOWAS Court Delivers Judgment On SERAP’s Suit April 22

The ECOWAS Court of Justice, Abuja, on Friday, fixed April 22 for judgment in a suit by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Federal Government for alleged failure to action concerning violence and criminalities attributable to herdsmen in the country.

 

There has been a spike in the cases of violent crimes such as kidnapping attributed to herdsmen in different parts of the country in recent times.

 

This has led to notices of eviction being issued to herders in some parts of the country to curb the increasing spate of attacks allegedly carried out by them.

 

SERAP filed its suit at the ECOWAS Court in 2016 asking for, among others, an order compelling the Nigerian government to protect Nigerians from the violent activities of the herders and bring the culprits among them to book.

 

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ECOWAS Court to give judgment in SERAP’s case on killings by herdsmen, others

 

The ECOWAS Court of Justice, Abuja, has this morning heard arguments in the case brought by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) against the Federal Government seeking “justice and accountability for the authorities’ failure to prevent, account for and investigate killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property across the country by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators.”

 

The Court adjourned the suit to 22 April, 2021 for judgment after hearing arguments from Solicitor to SERAP, Femi Falana SAN, and the government lawyer Mr Adedayo Ogundele.

 

In the suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/15/16, SERAP is arguing that, “the continuing attacks, killings, raping, maiming of Nigerians and other residents, and destruction of property by the military, police, herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country amount to serious violations of human rights of the rights to life, to the security and dignity of the human person, and to property.”

 

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