By Musa Adamu
A rights activist has accused the Senate of violating a subsisting judgement of the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) which forbade the Federal Government from making any law to criminalize free speech.
The activist, Barr. Daniel Makolo, in a statement in Abuja Thursday, said the judgment number: ECW/CCJ/JUD/31/18 made on Tuesday December 11, 2018, also barred the Federal Government from free speech or press censorship enshrined and guaranteed under Article XIX of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, and the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance.
He said that the case with suit no: ECW/CCJ/APP/10/15 was between Mr Festus Ogwuche and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In view of this judgment, the National Assembly of Nigeria is therefore acting contrary to the core terms of the Judgment in terms of the citizens’ rights it protects, to embark on the facilitation of the Hate S-eeches Establishment Bill 2019.