Pérez Brisibe, Ughelli
The Delta state government has outlined the claims of a rights activist and an applicant in a lawsuit before a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba that locals in some rural communities in the state were killed by armed Fulani herdsmen with the tacit support of the state government as “speculative and without foundation.”
The plaintiff, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo on behalf of the victims of the attacks in the state, had addressed the court for the application of the fundamental human rights of the victims and of himself, as well as a statement from the court that the killings they are a flagrant violation and violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant and those of the Nigerian public guaranteed by section 33 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It also requests, among others, a declaration that the brutal rape of women in the communities affected by armed shepherds is degrading and dehumanizing and, consequently, a violation of the fundamental right to dignity of indigenous women of the state enshrined in the Article 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Delta State Government, State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, and State Attorney General Mr. Peter Mrakpor, who prayed for the court to dismiss the lawsuit, outlined the request in the first, second and third defendant in the lawsuit. by the plaintiff as “lying and vexatious speculative that should be crossed out.”
The defendants in the affidavit of a staff of the Delta State Justice Ministry’s civil litigation department, Asaba, Oge Okoh, said: “There is no evidence presented before my Lord capable of persuading the court to grant reparations. requested by the applicant.
“The applicant does not have the consent and authority of Deltans to submit this application. The accusations contained in some paragraphs of the affidavit in support of the motion are speculative and without foundation on the part of the applicant. Therefore, they are false, false and at best are products of the applicant’s imagination “