By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”A Federal high court sitting in Asaba, Delta State yesterday issued an order restraining the Joint Task Force from further attacking the people of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri, Delta State.
The court made the order while ruling on an application for an interlocutory injunction filed on behalf of the Gbaramatu Kingdom by Mr. Femi Falana with two other lawyers, Messrs. Fedode Zimughan and Larry Selekeowei.
Justice Mercel Awokulehin who issued the order also stopped the JTF from preventing people in the community from returning to their various houses.
He also directed the JTF to allow the children of the community to continue with their education.
The people of the Gbaramatu Kingdom went to court following spate of attacks on the community by men of the JTF.
The Judge said the order would remain in place until he delivered a final judgment in the substantive suit filed by the community.
In the suit, the community asked for a declaration that the deployment of the Nigerian Army, Navy and Airforce to Delta State by the 1st Defendant (the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) was illegal and unconstitutional and violated Section 217 of the 1999 Constitution.
They also asked 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.
â€œThe community consequently asked the court to direct the Federal Government to pay N100 billion damages to them for the lives and properties wantonly destroyed by the military operations and to rebuild all the houses demolished during the bombardments.
Similarly, they asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Federal Government from deploying the Armed Forces to the Gbaramatu Community without complying with a law enacted by the National Assembly.