Abuja - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will on Wednesday swear in seven new judges at a ceremony Chairman of the organisation, John Dramani Mahama, will preside over.
According to a statement the regional body released in Abuja, the judges are Jerome Traore (Burkina Faso), Maria Do Cue Montero Silva (Guinea Bissau) Yaya Boiro of Guinea, Micah Wilkins Wright (Liberia), Hameye Foune Mahlmadane (Mali), Friday Chijioke Nwoke (Nigeria), and Alioune Sall (Senegal).
They replace their colleagues from Member States whose tenures have expired.
The original mandate of the court, which became operational in 2001, covers interpretation and application of community texts and human rights.
It also plays the role of arbitration and serves as a public service court for the community on matters between the community and its staff.
The 44th summit of regional leaders held in Yamoussoukro last February approved the judges’ appointments following the report of the regional Judicial Council charged with the recruitment of the judges of the community court.
- CAJ News
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