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ECOWAS chief justices meet on enforcement of regional court judgments



Chief justices of ECOWAS have agreed on the need to get member nations of the sub regional body to start respecting judgments of ECOWAS courts at meeting on Tuesday, according to reports in Nigeria.

ECOWAS court have been a recourse for seekers of justices in the member nations.

But decisions of the regional court have been obeyed largely in breaches.

But at the Judicial Conference of chief justices of ECOWAS, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Arieoola, declared open, a 2-day Statutory Meeting of the ECOWAS judicial council conference on enforcement of ECOWAS court judgments.

The meeting which started on Tuesday, and has in attendance, the Chief Justices of member countries of the ECOWAS, is holding at the conference hall of the National Judicial Council Abuja.

Justice Ariwoola, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Judicial Council is presiding over the meeting.

In an opening address, Justice Ariwoola said the ECOWAS Judicial Council plays a crucial role in the resolution of disputes among member States, ensuring that conflicts are resolved in peacefully and in accordance with the rule of law.

“It acts as a mediator and facilitator in resolving disputes, promoting dialogue and reconciliation among member states.

“By doing so, the Council contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in the region” Justice Ariwoola stated.

The ECOWAS Judicial Council Chairman hinted that the objective of the Statutory meeting of ECOWAS Judicial Council is to review the legal framework of the Community Judicial Council, look deeply on our responsibilities and suggest areas for improvement.

“No doubt, the ECOWAS Judicial Council is an indispensable institution in the West African region.

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“Through its numerous functions, the Council strives to ensure the independence and integrity of the judiciary, protect human rights, interpret regional laws, and resolve disputes among member states.

“As we move forward, it is crucial to support and strengthen the ECOWAS Judicial Council, as it continues to play vital role in our collective journey towards a more just, peaceful, and integrated West Africa” Justice Ariwoola stated

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