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The Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS says it is contemplating imposing sanctions, including suspension of member countries that flout rulings of the Community Court of Justice.

The regional body says stems from the fact that flouting the community court’s ruling was against the dictates of the “Community Texts’’ and which also equates to disruption of democratic processes.

A judge of the court, Justice Dupe Atoki said in Lome, Republic of Togo, today that the need for sanctions had become necessary in view of the impunity of disobedience by states.

Atoke, who moderated a session on sanctions for dissident member states at the International Conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the court, explained that the actions of some member states were capable of undermining the court’s authority.

She noted that although the provision for sanction for violation of the court’s order was still vague, the fact that it was in itself a violation of the community texts makes the sanctions on the texts applicable.

Atoki further explained that also among the obligations of member states was compliance with democratic process.