REPRESENTATION OF THE PARTIES 1. On Behalf of the Applicant: Olumide Babalola, Esq. 2. On Behalf of the Defendant: E.O.Omonowa ON THE PROCEDURE 3. By means of an application initiating proceedings registered at the Registry of this Court, on November 6th, 2018, the Applicant, THE INCORPORATED TRUSTEES OF LAWS AND RIGHTS AWARENESS INITIATIVES, a non-governmental organization, brought the present action against the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, Member State of the Community, alleging violation of the fundamental rights of freedom of expression of its members, associates and employees under the provisions of Articles 1 and 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, by the Defendant, due to its implementation of Section 24 of the Cybercrime (Prohibition and Prevention, etc.) Act, 2015. 4. The Applicant gathered (3) three documents. 5. The Defendant State, that of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was duly served on November 6th, 2018, and, on January 23rd, 2019, it requested the extension of the period of time to present its defense, which it deposited on the same date (Doc.3). 6. The Applicant was notified of the presentation of the defense, which came on February 12th, 2019, to present its reply, which was notified to the Defendant State on the same date. 7. The parties were heard on a court hearing at the sitting of this Court on 7th February 2020. 2

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