Ms. Sunday, a domestic violence victim has been awarded N50m by the ECOWAS court who ordered the Nigerian Government to pay the sum, following the lawsuit brought to the court by a non-governmental organization, the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) and Gambian partner “Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa” (IHRDA).
The lawsuit was brought to the court in 2015, after Ms. who was dating a Nigerian police officer identified as Isaac Gbanwuan was poured a boiling pot of stew, following a heated argument in 2012.
The domestic violence victim who was also brutally during the incident, suffered extreme burns, lost her ears, has not been able to work or walk freely on the streets as a result of the burns on her body, which has resulted in deformation and incapacitation of the victim.
In their argument, the complainant’s counsel argued that the Nigerian state failed to effectively investigate the incident, prosecute and punish the perpetrator of the violations, of which the ECOWAS Court found Nigeria guilty of.
The Nigerian government was found guilty of violation of Mary’s right to access to justice, and right to have her cause heard. Following thee findings, the Court then ordered the State of Nigeria to pay Mary financial reparation amounting to N50m. Mary could not hold back her emotions following the pronouncement of the verdict.
She was quoted as saying, “I have suffered so much pain since the incident happened, and had never known I would obtain justice someday. I don’t know how to thank the lawyers who took it upon themselves to give me hope and assist me in seeking justice.”
The Executive Directors for WARDC and IHRDA, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi and Gaye Sowe, respectively, commended the court’s decision, describing it as a progressive and important jurisprudence for the promotion and protection of women’s rights in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.