BY GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE
BENIN—Victims of the recent eviction in Evbovbioba, Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State, have instituted a N300 million suit against one Lucky Enbabor, for forcing them out of their homes.
The victims, Mrs. Patience Ikponmwen and others are contending that they were forced out of their homes by the said Enbabor, Mr. Osakpamwan Eriyo, a.k.a. No Moless, and Mr. Edward Okunzuwa, who are respondents in the suit.
The plaintiffs, in the suit before an Edo State High Court, are claiming N200 million as damages against the respondents jointly and severally for the emotional distress and psychological trauma as well as losses they suffered on account of the violent invasion of the community by the respondents.
Counsel to the plaintiffs, Dr. Osagie Obayuwa, is demanding from the respondents, an additional N100 million as exemplary damages.
The plaintiffs want the court to declare that their forceful expulsion by the respondents from their village, Evbovbioba on August 7, 2013 with the aid of thugs acting on their behest, was unlawful and a violation of their rights of residence in their village as guaranteed under Article 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap A. 9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (2004) and Section 41 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, as amended.
They also want the court to declare that their forceful expulsion by the respondents accompanied by over 200 armed thugs was unlawful and a violation of their freedom from degrading and inhuman treatment as guaranteed by Section 34 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.