Federal Court to decide on N37bn Odi invasion judgement

Governor Dickson of Bayelsa state.

The court earlier ruled in favour of Odi.

A Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, will on Wednesday decide whether to grant a stay of execution on the judgement it gave earlier about Odi Community in Bayelsa State.

Justice Lambo Akanbi had in February ordered the Nigerian Government to pay N37.6 billion as damages to the residents of Odi following the invasion of the community by soldiers in 1999; leading to several deaths and destruction of property.

The Federal Government has applied for stay of execution of the judgement pending its appeal at the Court of Appeal.

The government argued, among others, that should the money be paid and the appeal successful, the judgement of the appellate court would be rendered null and void.

The counsels for the Odi community argued that even if the federal government pays, and the appeal succeeds, the government has enough money and cannot be harmed by the action.

The judge, Mr. Akanbi, stood the case down till 2:00 p.m. for judgement on whether to grant the stay of execution of the judgement.


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