The Economic Community of West African States Court has fined the Federal Government a sum of N 18 million for the unlawful arrest and detention of three women, while branding them a prostitute.
This Day reported that the women, Dorothy Njemanze, a popular actress, Justina Etim and Amarachi Jessyford are to be paid N6million each.
In 2011, the three women were arrested and detained at the Gwarimpa Police Station in Abuja and labelled them prostitutes for walking late at night.
The military personnels who arrested them were said to be carrying out instructions from the government.
But the judge, who declared the women guiltless, said that, there was no law in Nigeria that stops a woman from walking late at night, moreover, that they were found outside at night does not mean they were sex workers.
The judge also explained that the arrest was targeted at women in a discriminatory way and manner.