ECW/CCJ/JUD/01/10 Daouda Garba v. Benin
The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Holden at Abuja, in Nigeria
On Wednesday, the 17th Day of February 2010

Daouda Garba v. Republic of Benin

Before their Lordships
1. Hon. Justice Awa Nana Daboya - Presiding
2. Hon. Justice Hansine Donli - Member
3. Hon. Justice Soumana D. Sidibé - Member

Assisted by Maître Athanase Atannon Registrar
The Court,
In the case

Between

Daouda Garba, Applicant, represented by

Olusola Egbenika Esq., Lawyer at Falana and Falana Chambers, 22 Mediterranean Street, Imani
Estate, Opp MTN- Office, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria
And

The Republic of Benin, Defendant, represented by

Maître Hippolyte Yede, Lawyer registered with the Court of Appeal of Cotonou, Benin, whose address for
service is: Embassy of Benin in Nigeria, located on Plot No. 2579, near Algon Guest House, Yedserram
Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria

Delivers the following Judgment:
1. By Application dated 19 December 2008, Mi. Daouda Garba, a Nigerian national, and Programme
Officer for "Peace and Security" at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), an NGO based in
Abuja, Nigeria, brought his case before the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS pressing charges
against the Republic of Benin, the Defendant, for violation of his right to human dignity and his right to
freedom of movement as guaranteed by the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
2. The case, which was argued in two parts, was amply pleaded by common consent among the two
parties and the interlocutory application was joined to the merits. The first part dealt with the merits, and
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