Sumana’s dismissal wrong – ECOWAS Court

The ECOWAS court has ruled in favour of former Vice-President of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Samuel Sidique Sam Sumana, that he was wrongly removed from office.

The court, therefore, ordered that cost must be awarded Alhaji Sumana, including payment of all emoluments dating back to the day of his removal.

Alhaji Sumana told international journalists that the decision of the ECOWAS court is not just for him but for the people of Sierra Leone, Africa and the world at large.

Alhaji Sumana dragged the government of Sierra Leone to the ECOWAS court for illegally removing him from office.

Lawyers for Alhaji Sumana on 30 June 2017, told the court that their client’s removal from office as Vice-President of Sierra Leone was “unlawful, injurious and deprived him of his right to the protection of the law as well as his right to participate in government and governance.”

The lawyers further argued that Sierra Leone’s Supreme Court betrayed their client by denying him a fair hearing and he was also prevented by President Koroma to explore the ruling APC party’s “internal dispute resolution mechanism.”

Alhaji Sumana was represented by two law firms in Nigeria and Ghana, Falana & Falana and Atuguba & Associates, led by Femi Falana and Dr. Raymond Atuguba, respectively.

Alhaji Sumana believes he was wrongfully removed because he did not support President Koroma’s ambition for a third term in office.



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