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Okuama-Ewu Residents Files N200bn Suit Against Military for Home Destruction, Accusations

Residents of Okuama-Ewu, Ughelli South Local Government Area, Delta State, have filed a lawsuit totaling N200 billion against the Nigerian Army at the Federal High Court, Warri.

They allege that the army cordoned off their community, destroyed their homes, and accused them of the murder of 17 military personnel without proper police investigations.

The lawsuit, initiated by 17 residents of Okuama-Ewu, stems from escalating land disputes between their community and Okoloba community, Bomadi Local Government Area. Seeking general and exemplary damages, the applicants, mainly farmers, traders, and businessmen, who applied for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights to a fair hearing, the dignity of the human person, private and family life, freedom of movement, choice of residency, private and family life, and the right to own property are Victor Akemor, Madam Omotiwori Olarehor, Victor Odi, Okrika Emmanuel, Austin Eferemua, and Evelyn Edjekola.

Others in suit no. FHC/WR/CS/41/2024 before Hon Justice I.M Sani are Pa James Ubredu, David Oghenewede, Lucky Orode, and Iwriogbo Best, Felix Orhiunu, Bernard Michael, Oghenekobiruo, Vero Joseph, Ebikawe Emmanuel, Francis Uphurie, and Hon Belvis Adogbo.

They are suing for themselves and for, on behalf of, members of, in the interest of and public interest of the residents of the Okuama community.

The applicants’ lawyers, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, Akpokona Omafuaire Esq., Seprebofa Oyeghe Esq., O. L. Ofuasia Esq., and Ernest Ogbaga Esq. applied on Thursday, demanding various declarations from the court, including the illegality of the army’s actions and the violation of their rights to privacy, family life, and property ownership.

Additionally, they seek orders to halt further violations, allow their return to Okuama community, and provide compensation for damages incurred.

With the lawsuit initiated, the Nigerian Army has seven days to respond to the claims after proper service. Due to the urgency of fundamental rights matters, the court is expected to expedite the hearing process.

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