The ECOWAS Court of Justice has given judgment in the case of Wing Commander Danladi Angulu Kwasu and the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), stating that the FRN violated the right of life in respect of the deceased son who died during the watermanship training at the Nigerian Defence Academy, on April 30, 2015.
Kwasu’s son died by drowning and the court held that there was a failure to provide safety measures during the training or investigate the matter after the death.
The court also ordered Nigeria to investigate the matter and punish those responsible. The court also ordered Nigeria to pay a compensation fee of 75,000 US dollars to the applicant (Kwasu).
Nigeria has been found to be in breach of the right to life under Art 4 of the African Charter as the death is an unlawful killing and the failure to investigate is also s breach of Art 4.
The applicant’s son was forced to carry out watermanship training at a dam in Kaduna in April 2015 even though he could not swim.
Safety measures were not provided and after his death, there was no investigation or compensation provided to the family.