Immigration detention: ECOWAS Court orders Nigeria to pay German N63.6m, $10,000,000
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The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ordered the Nigeria government to pay N53,650,925 to a German, Martin Gegenheimer.

The money is special damages for losses suffered and costs incurred while he was under unlawful arrest and detention by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

Justice Edward Amoako Asante also ordered Nigeria to pay N10,000,000 in general damages as reparation for all violations and moral prejudice suffered for the violation of his rights.

Furthermore, the federal government must pay $10,000 to Gegenheimer being the expenditure incurred to secure his bail.

The court ordered the “immediate and unconditional release” of his German passport which was “arbitrarily and unlawfully” seized, as well as his removal from the government’s watch list.

The court however ruled that it found no evidence of the violation of the plaintiff’s right to freedom from torture.

In suit no: ECW/CCJ/APP/23/20, Gegenheimer, married to a Nigerian citizen but based in Nairobi, Kenya, through his counsel, Festus Ogwuche sought the enforcement of his fundamental human rights

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