Nigeria civil war: ECOWAS orders inclusive settlement

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The ECOWAS Court has ordered 10 of the third-party applicants in a proceeding relating to the payment of compensation by Nigeria over its management of the country’s civil war aftermath, to file before its next sitting, the terms of their settlement.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, the applicants informed the court, presided over by Justice Edward Amoako Asante, that they have complied with the earlier order to reach a settlement among the parties.

The court has now urged them to revisit the terms of settlement in the suit, which relate to the remnants of mines and explosives from the war, in order to ensure the outcome was inclusive of the 4th and 5th parties who were excluded from the process.

The court also fixed February 11, 2021, for judgment in the suit by the third party applicant, (TP3).

They requested the court to deal separately with their application having applied for a stay of execution of the October 30, 2017 judgment which adopted the terms of settlement by the 20 applicants in the original suit filed by Vincent Agu and 19 others.

At an earlier hearing presided, Justice Dupe Atoki, the judge rapporteur, the court said it was amenable to settlement while emphasising the need for diligence in the process to avoid wasting its time.

On the reconstituted panel for the case were Justices Edward Amoako Asante (presiding), Dupe Atoki (judge rapporteur) and Januaria Moreira Costa.

Justice Asante replaces Justice Keikura Bangura who was absent.

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