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EMA Files Lawsuit Against Nigerian President Bola Tinubu over Planned Military Action in Niger Republic

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EMA Files Lawsuit Against Nigerian President Bola Tinubu over Planned Military Action in Niger Republic
An international civil group, Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA), has taken legal action against Nigerian President Bola Tinubu at the ECOWAS Court of Justice to halt the planned military action in Niger Republic. The lawsuit argues that the deployment of military forces would violate ECOWAS protocols and international law, posing a threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Niger Republic.

ABUJA - In a bid to prevent the Nigerian government from deploying military forces to reinstate the ousted democratically elected government in Niger Republic, the Egalitarian Mission for Africa (EMA) has launched a legal battle against Nigerian President Bola Tinubu. The lawsuit was filed at the ECOWAS Court of Justice, invoking relevant treaties and international laws to halt the planned military action.

The EMA, represented by Nigerian lawyer Dr. Kayode Ajulo, raised concerns that the military intervention proposed by the Nigerian government would infringe upon ECOWAS treaties and violate international laws. The deployment of military action could result in aggression between member states, going against the core principles established by ECOWAS.

EMA firmly believes that resorting to military force would exacerbate the crisis in Niger Republic without providing a sustainable solution. Instead, the group urges the Nigerian government to seek peaceful means to address the political upheaval in their neighboring country.

The lawsuit, numbered ECW/CCJ/APP/3/23, calls for the ECOWAS Court to restrain any military action that could undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Niger Republic. The case alleges that President Tinubu, the Authority of Heads of State & Government of ECOWAS, the President of ECOWAS Mission, ECOWAS itself, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Republic of Niger are the defendants in this matter.

With the lawsuit already pending, Dr. Ajulo sent a letter to President Tinubu to remind him of the case's existence and urged the ECOWAS Chairman to abide by the ECOWAS Court's protocol. The letter emphasized the importance of respecting the rule of law and refraining from actions that could undermine the ongoing legal proceedings.

The letter read, "When a dispute is brought before the Court, Member states or institutions of the Community shall refrain from any action likely to aggravate or militate against its settlement." It urged President Tinubu to ensure that all the defendants maintain the status quo and refrain from taking any steps that could be considered prejudicial to the interests of the involved parties.

The lawsuit highlights the potential violation of various international treaties and protocols, including the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Declaration on the Right to Development, the ECOWAS Treaty, and the ECOWAS Protocol Relating to the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management, Resolution, Peacekeeping, and Security.

The EMA's legal action seeks to safeguard the principles of non-aggression and promote the diplomatic resolution of conflicts within the West African region. By holding accountable those who violate these principles, EMA hopes to ensure a more peaceful and stable future for Niger Republic as well as the entire ECOWAS community.

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