London Court Registers N99 Billion Judgment against Nigerian Military

Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin
Chief of Defence Staff, Abayomi Gabriel Olonishakin

A London Court has registered a judgement delivered by a Nigerian court against the military following the bombardment of the Gbaramatu communities in Delta State by the Joint Military Task Force operating in the state in May 2009.

Justice Timothy Holroyde of the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal High Court of Justice England and Wales, on January 18, acceded to the request of the communities to register the judgement which ordered the federal government to pay them N99 billion damages over the attack.

He however rejected the request by the communities to register the judgement against the president of Nigeria and the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, who were the first and second defendants in the suit.

In their request, the communities had also sought to obtain a worldwide freezing injunction against the assets of the federal government.

The Federal High Court, Asaba, Delta State, had ordered the federal government to pay the communities N99.9 billion damages for gross violation of their rights by the force then coordinated by Sarkin Yakin Bello, a retired major general.

Counsel to the communities, Selekeowei Larry, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed the case.

However, two years after the judgement was delivered, the federal government neither complied nor appealed against it, forcing the communities to request the London Court to register it.

Before applying to the Queen Bench Division High Court of Justice‎ in London, to register the judgment, the communities wrote twice to the then Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, asking the government to comply with the judgment.

On May 5, 2009 the task force invaded Gbaramatu communities in Warri South West Local Government of Delta State killing and maiming residents and also destroying properties worth billions of naira.

They however filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Asaba on June 22, 2009 against the president, the attorney general of the federation and Mr. Bello.

In the suit, the communities also asked the court to declare the bombardment unconstitutional and a gross violation of their rights.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Ibrahim Buba said the bombardment of the communities by the military resulting in the demolition/destruction of houses, household furniture/wares, boats, canoes, domestic animals and displacement of members of the communities “is in violation of section 217 (2)(c) of the 1999 constitution and is therefore unconstitutional.”

Mr. Buba added, “That the sum of N49 billion is awarded in favour of the plaintiffs as special damages against the defendants jointly severally.

“That the sum of N50 billion is also awarded as aggravated and punitive damages against the defendants jointly and severally for the unlawful bombardment and sacking of the plaintiffs’ communities which resulted in wanton destruction of their houses, household furniture and other wares, their domestic animals, canoes, boats, sacred places, artifacts etc and which resulted in total displacement of members of the communities for minimum of three months from 15th May 2009, the effect of which was that members of the communities were living in the swampy mangrove forests in subhuman conditions while others were in a concentration camp and suffered loss of income, disease, and mental torture and the education of their children of school age was disrupted.”


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    • tundemash

      Mr. Career Liar, can u tell us why Dumbo Jo didn’t pay since 2009 even after this community wrote his Attorney General twice ? But yet Dumbo paid Tompolo, Asari and the family of the Boko Haram Commissioner in Borno state. Any other proof Dumbo loves terrorism ???????

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash, you have become corrupt. See how you are blaming the victims. You and your people rob our people of our resources yet you blame our liberators for standing up to your encroachments.

        Long live Dr Jonathan
        Long live Tompolo
        Long live Honorable Asari Dokubo
        Death to our oppressors

        Abubakar tundemash say Amin.

        • kexiena

          You appear to start off well but you should be ashamed of yourself for glorifying the set of persons you have in your list! If Tompolo and the likes are your role models in life, then I pity you.

          • igboham

            Long live tompolo!!

  • FreeNigeria

    Give them the money from NDDC and Niger Delta Ministry budget, they’ll fight and self destruct over the money.

  • Clairvoyance

    Collect the money from Gej and Tompolo they have more than what you are asking from this government because the government is broke and needs money to function the reason they are going after looters.

  • Otile

    It is high time the senseless Islamic government of Nigeria started paying the price for their reckless human rights abuses east of the Niger. The wanton destruction of lives and properties by the Fulani Yoruba vandals cannot go on for ever.

    • tundemash

      Mor0n, in your usual drunken state, you could read and comprehend the content of the story. The judgement was delivered in 2009 and Dumbo was in power for 6 years and neither paid even though he paid Tompolo, Asari and the family of the Boko Haram Commissioner in Borno state. Any other proof Dumbo loves terrorism ???????

      • Otile

        You know very well that in 2009 Nigeria and Jonathan were all under the spell of Ogagun Obasanjo. Jonathan is a Christian man, he does not believe in mass murder.

        • I sigh

          Umaru Musa yaradua was the President then. Don’t mind the liar.

          • Otile

            Abubakar tundemash knows the facts, but he chooses to lie and cheat. He knows very well that at that time Musa, Jonathan and all the people of Nigeria were under the armpit of Ogagun Obasanjo, but he deceptively chooses to blame his enemies east of the Niger.

      • I sigh

        umaru Musa Yaradua was the president in 2009, stop line or be well informed. He died in may of 2010.

        • Otile

          Abubakar tundemash is a very corrupt fellow indeed. His cunning is known to us.

        • tundemash

          Mor0n, where did i claim Dumbo was in power in 2009? Look up my statement again dunce.
          So since 2010, Dumbo was so drunk he couldn’t pay and now it is the man who assumed power in 2015 that should come and pay ? An ape reasons better than u.

      • igboham

        we are waiting for your reply to I sigh below sir.

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  • Man_Enough

    Simply fine gbamaturu kingdom 100 billion for aiding and abating pipe vandalism. Na them go give government change.

  • ojays

    Methinks you have stolen enough oil to pay yourself that fine. Wait for Buhari , if U re unlucky and u get caught stealing fuel ure “done for” You will pay fine of 200 bn to FGN

  • bigbang

    Do they have the jurisdiction to hear such a case?

    This is strange to me.

  • Sparzo

    The court bailiffs are rubbing their hands already.