The Lagos State Government says it will continue to support the judicial process, toward upholding human rights of all citizens.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu gave the assurance on Wednesday, when delegates from the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice paid him a courtesy visit at the Lagos House in Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu said that his administration would continue to act in accordance with the constitution of the state and Nigeria at large.
He said the state government would ensure that Lagosians were well informed about the availability of the Community Court to resolve disputes among themselves amicably.
“We understand and appreciate that our Judicial arm of Government is so crucial, so we will continue to support our judicial process.
“We will continue to be a law-abiding government. We are hopeful that you will continue to dispense justice without fear or favour,” the governor said.
Earlier, a Member of the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Justice Dupe Atoki, said that the Court was created in 1991 to settle disputes among member states.
Atoki represented the President, ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, Justice Edward Asante.
She said that the visit was to create awareness of the existence of the court in resolving disputes.
Atoki said that Nigerians had the obligation to always obey the orders of the court, so as to ensure amicable resolution.
“Nigeria is the largest country in the West African coast, hence, the highest number of complaints that the court has received is from Nigeria,’’ she said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Court has jurisdiction over four general types of disputes: namely those relating to the interpretation, application, or legality of ECOWAS regulations; and those that arise between ECOWAS and its employees.
The Court also has jurisdiction over those relating to liability for or against ECOWAS; and those that involve a violation of human rights committed by a member state.
Edited by Adeleye Ajayi
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