ByÂ Abdulwahab Abdulah
ASABAâ€”Fifty-two communities comprising the Gbaramatu Kingdom of Delta State have instituted a N100 billion suit against the Federal Government over the recent bombardment and wanton destruction of lives and properties of the people of the area by the governmentâ€™s Joint Task Force.
In the suit filed before a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, the plaintiffs who are the representatives of the various communities are challenging the military invasion of their community, praying the court to declare that the deployment of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air force to Delta State by President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua on May 13, 2009 is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates Section 217 of the 1999 Constitution.
Joined as defendants in the suit were PresidentÂ Yarâ€™Adua, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Michael Aondoakaa (SAN), and Major-General Sarkin Yarkin Bello for himself and on behalf of the Joint Task Force in Delta State.
The suit filed by the Chambers of Mr Femi Falana on behalf of the communities is also praying the court to declare that â€œthe wanton destruction of lives, property and mass displacement of innocent persons including women and children by the military bombardments of the communities in Delta State is illegal, and in gross violation of the fundamental rights and humanitarian protection conferred on them by the Constitution, and the Geneva Conventions Act Cap G3 Laws of the Federation, 2004.â€