The ECOWAS Court of Justice has dismissed all the requests made by a Nigerian prisoner in the United States, Richard Ugbah, to complete the remainder of his sentence in Nigeria.
The Nigerian had asked the Court to order his transfer from the United States, where he is serving a 12-year imprisonment for wire fraud.
In the suit, the applicant, who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment having been found guilty of wire fraud by a US Court asked the ECOWAS Court to order his transfer to Nigeria, having satisfied the requirements for such a transfer.
In its judgment on 14 December 2023 delivered by Justice Sengu Mohamed Koroma, Judge Rapporteur, the Court declared that it lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter.
“The matter of competence is a legal issue and the argument presented by the Applicant has no legal basis vesting the Court with the authority to hear and determine the case, ” the court held.