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Ebonyi community slams N1bn damages against army, police

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…Paschal Okeke

A community in Ebonyi State,  South East Nigeria, has slammed N1 billion damages against the Nigerian Army and Police Force over destruction of their farm lands and properties.

Dissatisfied by the actions of the security agents, the people of Ndieze Inyimegu Unuphu, Izzi-Amegu community in Abakaliki Local Government Area ( LGA) state dragged the agencies  to the federal high court sitting in Abakaliki, for breaching their fundamental human rights.

Joined in the in the suit was Ebonyi state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Augustine Nwakwegu.

The community is also seeking N1 billion exemplary damages against the respondents.

The applicants also allege that the respondents breached their fundamental rights to economic, social and cultural development, general satisfactory environment favourable to their development, and freedom from spoliation, contrary to laws of the land.

The applicants further allege that the respondents unlawfully, forcefully and without lawful authority, entered into their lands with bulldozers and other demolition equipments, destroyed and cleared away their homes, farms and economic tress in December 2013 and 22nd November 2016.

According to the suit which was filed yesterday, the unlawful actions of the respondents rendered the affected applicants homeless, broke their families apart and brought starvation upon the applicants.

The applicants sought injunction restraining the respondents from arresting them, carrying out any further evacuation, demolition and/or destruction of their homes, buildings, farmlands, economic tress in the community.

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