A Nigerian academic has said that there was the need for the court of Justice of the West African sub-regional grouping Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to make a ruling on his country’s closure of borders.

“Either member-states or ordinary citizens should introduce a case before the court of justice, so that the court of justice would have an opportunity to rule on the subject matter,” Odimkalu, a lawyer and lecturer in the London School of Economics told Xinhua.

He described Nigeria’s closure of borders with other neighbors as an act of impunity which flies in the face of the protocol establishing ECOWAS.

Nigeria has since last month shut its borders, in what it described as a temporary measure to prevent the influx of certain commodities into the country.=

“Maybe because I am Nigerian; I can call out Nigeria and say it’s not acted properly. I would say more than that; I think Nigeria has acted irresponsibly and it has put the community in peril

“And that means that if any other country violates the rules of the sub-region in the same way, Nigeria cannot do anything about it, because Nigeria did this in 1982 with the mass deportation of Ghanaians,” the academic said.

One of the key principles of ECOWAS is the protocol on free movements of people and goods, and this, Odimkalu said Nigeria’s action jeopardized. Enditem

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