The Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States has fastened July 9, 2021, to determine on the consolidation of all functions earlier than the court docket on the Twitter ban by the Nigerian authorities.
The ECOWAS Court said this in a digital court docket sitting held through zoom on Tuesday.
On the trigger record for the day, have been two functions in opposition to the Nigerian Government over the Twitter ban.
One was the functions introduced by the Registered Trustees of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project in opposition to the Federal Government marked ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21.
The different was the applying introduced by the Media Rights Agenda and eight others in opposition to the Federal Government on the identical problem marked ECW/CCJ/APP/29/21.
The lawyer representing the Federal Government, Abdullahi Abubakar, knowledgeable the court docket that he had a movement to consolidate all of the 4 functions earlier than the court docket on the Twitter ban problem.
In his movement on discover dated July, 5, 2021, Abubakar prayed for the depart of the court docket to consolidate the listening to of the functions pending earlier than the court docket and different orders that the court docket might deem match within the circumstance.
The Counsel for SERAP, Femi Falana (SAN) , didn’t object to the applying.
Falana said that the applying to consolidate will “afford the court the opportunity to give one judgment in the matters that were similar in nature and character”.
The Counsel for Media Rights Agenda, Mojirayo Ogunlaya, additionally didn’t object the applying for consolidation.
The ECOWAS Court said that the events of the opposite two instances, which have been marked as ECW/CCJ/APP/24/21 and ECW/CCJ/APP/26/21, and sought to be consolidated weren’t in court docket.
Consequently, the court docket famous that it can’t make a consolidation order of their absence and with out listening to from them.