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Biafran War: Buhari Agrees to Settle N100 Billion Suit Out Of Court

During the civil war between Biafra and Nigeria, which spanned between 1967 until 1970, the Nigeria government used lots of landmines that were never cleared from the Biafran side till date. This is actually one of the things the Biafrans do speak about when they speak about negligence and marginalization.

Fundamentally after wars, the government does its best to see that landmines and dangerous ammunitions left around are all cleared and the lands are made safe for farming, and other uses. In the case of Biafra, the Nigerian government just like in other cases refused to do anything about these dangerous weapons and ammunitions buried underground on the Biafran side.

This is consistent with every other issues whenever it concerns the Biafrans. The Nigerian government will usually look the other way. it is a classical example of  Nigerian government indifference towards Biafrans.

Biafra War: Buhari Agrees to Settle N100Bn Suit Out of Court

 

“The Federal Government has agreed to settle out of court, a case filed against her, alleging breach of fundamental rights and negligence to clear land mines and abandoned explosives at 1967 civil war sites.

The case was filed against the federal government and five others by one Vincent Agu and 19 others in the Community Court of Justice in Abuja.

 

The plaintiffs are claiming N100bn compensatory and general damages from the federal government.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that at the resumed hearing of the case, counsel for the applicants, Mr Alex Williams, told the court that the parties had amicably resolved the dispute but was yet to file the terms of settlement before the court.

Williams said the filing of the terms of settlement was delayed because the federal government was yet to appoint an Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice who would assent to the terms agreed to by the parties.

The counsel therefore asked for adjournment of the case pending the appointment of the minister.

Counsel for the federal government and other defendants, Mr Shola Egbeyinka, corroborated the position of the applicants’ lawyer.

 

Egbeyinka, from Femi Falana (SAN) Chamber, said parties had duly settled but the absence of attorney general stalled the necessary action on it.

Egbeyinka expressed the assurance that before the next adjourned date, the minister of justice would have been appointed and the report of settlement would have been ready for presentation to the court.

The presiding Judge, Justice Chijoke Nwoke, adjourned the case till January 19, 2016, for report of settlement.

NAN recalls that the plaintiffs had filed the suit alleging violation of their fundamental human rights.

They alleged that the defendants were guilty of negligence for their failure to clear and remove landmines, abandoned explosives remnants of war on time from the war affected contaminated areas.

They claimed that the negligence of the defendants had caused maiming and injuring of civilian population by landmines, explosives and remnants of war armaments in their various communities.

The claimants sought the court declaration that the stockpile of live bombs in the residential neighbourhood located at plot 108 Ndubuisi Kanu Street, New Owerri, Imo State, is a violation of their rights.

They sought the court order directing the federal government to embark on victims assistance and rehabilitation.

 

The claimants sought N50bn compensatory damages and N50bn general damages against the defendants.

NAN recalled that the court had ordered that the inspection of the bomb site should be carried out.

The court had also directed that after the inspection the defendants should remove, diffuse, detonate or by whatever means dispose any bomb found during the inspection”.

Source: Premium times

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