Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking an order directing the Federal Government to accept the competence of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights to hear cases presented by Nigerians.
In the suit filed on Friday and marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/356/2019, the plaintiff noted that Nigeria is among the African nations whose citizens cannot access the court because their countries have yet to make the needed declaration accepting the continental court’s competence to receive cases from the country.
Nigeria, which currently has a representative on the bench of the African court, is among the 30 member states of the African Union that have ratified the protocol establishing the court, which is based in Arusha, Tanzania.
But Article 34(6) of the Protocol for the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights requires every member of the African Union to make a declaration accepting the competence of the African Court to receive cases from Non-Governmental Organisations and individuals in the countries.
Only nine member states, namely, Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D’voire, Ghana, Gambia, Mali, Malawi, and Tanzania, have made the declaration recognising the competence of the court.
Source: The Punch