When former Superintendent of Police, Mohamed El-Tayyib Bah took the Government of Sierra Leone to the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (commonly called the ECOWAS Court) for unlawful and unfair dismissal, the latter did not put up any representation.
Now, the ECOWAS Court has delivered a very damning verdict against the Government of Sierra Leone.
The three Judges that presided over the matter, Hon. Justice Friday Chifioke Nwoke, Hon. Justice Mirah Wilkins Wright and Hon. Justice Hameye Foune Mahalmadane have ordered the Government of Sierra Leone to pay the Plaintiff/Applicant, Mohamed El-Tayyib Bah the sum of US$250,000 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States dollars) as general damages for the wrong occasioned by their illegal action.
The landmark ruling by the ECOWAS Court will now open a floodgate of litigations against several member states by people wrongfully dismissed from their jobs by various governments.
The former Bank Governor of Sierra Leone, Dr. J.D. Rogers might seek legal action in the ECOWAS Court against the Government of Sierra Leone for unlawful and unfair dismissal in 2008.