N100B Class Action Suit: 2011’s Election Violence Victims Sue Nigerian FG

August 21, 2011 – N100B Class Action Suit: 2011’s Election Violence Victims Sue Nigerian FG

The Federal Government has been slammed with a N100 billion naira class action lawsuit by victims of the April election violence, who have accused the government of failure and negligence in its primary and constitutional duty in the areas of securing lives and properties.

The victims are mostly those who lost relatives and properties in the northern states following the violence that followed the Presidential election.

The Plaintiffs (110 victims) are seeking damages and compensation in a Federal High Court in Abuja and are being represented by Legal Resources Consortium made up of a team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) led by President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Joseph Daudu SAN and Mr. Abiodun Owonikoko SAN.

Those joined as Defendants in the suit are: the Federal Government; the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF); the Inspector General of Police (IG) and the Director General of the State Security Service (SSS).

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Daudu said the suit would be the first in Nigeria, adding that it was the victims who initiated the idea of the lawsuit to seek compensation from the government.

Daudu added that it is the federal government’s responsibility to protect the lives and properties of its citizens.

Meanwhile, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, the Managing Partner of Legal Resources Consortium, added that additional suits would be filed as soon as other victims are ready.

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