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A court of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) which sat in Abuja yesterday June 25th, has ordered the Nigerian government to pay arrears of salaries and other entitlements to 244 soldiers dismissed from the Nigerian Army in 2016.
The dismissed soldiers sued the Federal government after being accused of abandoning and fleeing Boko Haram insurgency fight. Their defense was that there was an inadequate provision of arms and ammunition, to which they demanded enforcement of their fundamental human rights, including the right to their salaries and entitlements.
According to Premium Times, Justice Keikura Bangura who rejected the soldiers’ request to be reinstated into the army, upheld their application that their sack violated their human rights, including the right to work and fair hearing.
The ECOWAS court which faulted the decision of the Nigerian Army to dismiss the soldiers on May 15, 2019, ordered the Nigerian government to pay all arrears of monthly allowances and salaries and other entitlements to the affected soldiers up to January 2016.