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Court adjourns hearing on N-Delta lawyers’ suit

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—A Federal High Court in Yenagoa has adjourned to 9 February 2010, hearing on the motion on enforcement of fundamental human rights instituted against the Federal Government by six Niger Delta lawyers.

The lawyers, seeking enforcement of African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Niger Delta question, are asking for 90 per cent derivation for the region against the current 13 per cent.

The plaintiffs, Idaye Opi, Owupele Philemon, Ilamina Agada, Samuel Effik, Patrick Ederi and Emeka Ojoko in their address, asked the court to take into cognizance years of neglect, arrears of payment and the serious ecological and environmental damage done to their lands and environment by the Nigerian government and its joint venture partners for more than 50 years of oil and gas exploration in the Niger Delta.

The plaintiffs, are all lawyers from the Niger Delta.


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