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N1 Billion Lawsuit: Deported Igbo Destitute Sued Lagos State Over Deportation

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N1 Billion Lawsuit: Deported Igbo Destitute Sued Lagos State Over Deportation

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Oct 17, 2013 – N1 Billion Lawsuit: Deported Igbo People Sue Lagos State Government Over Unlawful Deportation To Onitsha & Anambra State

The Lagos State Government says it is not moved by the N1 billion suit filed against it by seven of the Igbo destitute relocated to Onitsha, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria, in July.

Seven of the destitute, namely, Joseph Aniebonam, Osondu Mbuto, Osondu Agwu, Nnenna Ogbonna, Emily Okoroariri, Friday Ndukwe and Onyeka Ugwu, sued on behalf of others, the Attorney-General of Lagos State and the Commissioner of Police and Lagos State Government to the tune of N1 billion.

Responding to the suit, Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye said the government was not moved by the N1 billion suit as it would appropriately respond to the challenge.

Ipaye said the state government had been served the court papers and government was ready to meet them in court.

He stated that the suit could be politically motivated but that government was going to respond to it appropriately.

“We are not moved by the N1 billion suit. The suilt could be politically motivated or not. We are going to respond to it as we have been served the court papers,” he said.

Interim Lagos State Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe said: “we will meet them in court,” adding that the suit was politically motivated as those relocated could not have garnered the power to sue the government.

According to Igbokwe, those behind the suit should also sue Peter Obi for deporting several Igbo in his state to Ebonyi State in 2011, while accusing the Anambra State Government of being behind the suit because of the coming governorship election.

In the motion filed on behalf of the destitute, through their legal counsel, Barrister Ugo Ugwunnadi, an Onitsha-based legal practitioner, the applicants are praying the court to declare that they, as Nigerian citizens, are entitled to the enjoyment of their fundamental rights as provided for in Sections 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

They applicants are also seeking a declaration of the court that their arrest and detention in various camps, Oshodi rehabilitation centre, police cells and prisons, within Lagos State for no offence known to law and without trial and conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction, amounted to a serious breach of their rights as provided for in the relevant sections of the constitution, saying such action was illegal, null, void and unlawful.

The victims also sought an order of the court to declare that their deportation from Lagos State of Nigeria to Anambra State of Nigeria on 24 July amounted to a gross violation of their rights and a breach of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

They noted that the court should mandate the first respondent to re-absorb and accommodate the applicants within Lagos State of Nigeria since they are Nigerian citizens and are entitled to reside in any part of Nigeria, including Lagos State.

The applicants equally sought a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, their agents, privies, subordinates, workers and officers, howsoever called, from their further deportation or refusing them free entry into Lagos and free exit therefrom, as well as an order mandating the respondents to tender a written apology to them by publishing the apology in the following newspapers: Thisday, Vanguard and Daily Sun continuously for 30 days, from the date of the first publication, for unlawful and gross violation of their constitutional rights.

They added that the issue for determination is whether the action of the respondents in arresting, detaining and their subsequent deportation from Lagos to Onitsha, Anambra State is justified in law, in view of the supreme provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, adding that if the issue is resolved in the negative and against the respondents, the applicants are entitled to the reliefs sought.

The Lagos State Government had on 24 July, 2013 relocated at least 67 Igbo destitute to Onisha, Anambra State, an action that had generated serious controversy for several weeks.

Governor Babatunde Fashola has since apologised to the Igbo over his action, saying he had no strained relationship with the Igbo people.




  1. Ighadalo

    October 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    These foolish beggars can’t learn.
    Do you guys think u can get anything from the government with your chicken brain?

  2. deway

    October 17, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    @ighadalo u have spoken the truth, but i guess is a political motivation, but believe me like u said, they will not get dime

  3. Gabriel.

    October 17, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Dem de tell una se this tin is politically motivated and una com still de doubt weda or not se dem go get something, I say dem go win since fashola himself don fall him hand go apologize to them unto se wetin him do no good, trust me those guys will definitely win this law suit.

  4. chukwudi imo

    October 17, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    my fellow nigerians am not saying this becaus am an igbo guy, people should understand that fashola hate human beins xpecially de igbos becaus i dont see any rizin why somebody will distroyed peoples shops simply becaus of the nonsence love u have 4 flawers, may god have mercy u sir

  5. pat

    October 17, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    The suit is not all about money, it is test to define settlement of citizen in Nigeria.

  6. pat

    October 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    The suit is not all about money, it is a test to define right for settlement of citizens in every part of the country be it south, north west or east.

  7. henry

    October 17, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Where are they leaving in Lagos, their house address? I heard they were rehabilitated before deportation, from what could that be drug? How many state of the federation can accommodate drug addict? They wanted Lagos state to ‘re absorbed and accommodate them ,were their houses demolished? Have they forgotten that their is a law against wandering? What type of job are they doing in rehabilitate a drug addict it must have cost Lagos state a fortune, why is anambra state ungrateful ? Igbo and money sa! One billion naira Fashola done buy market.yeye they think that is how court award damages any how, suddenly destitute can afford lawyers fee, wonderful……..Obi you better settle your kinsmen .Fashola next time first charge them for illegal wandering, public nuisance then send them to their state and drop them at their governor’s house that is all. No apology.

  8. Steve chikwado

    October 17, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    Henry u are far 4rm the game governor fashola hz lost the suit bcus ‘1’ he hz apologist 4 deporting innocent igbo people living in lagos ‘2’ he hz no right 4 deporting any nigeria citizen ‘3’ the deporting effected anambra enugu imo abia ebuoyi delta ph but he dump them in anambra so he hz no chance of wining the case….. But let peac rain

  9. bezo

    October 18, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Fashola is a big time fool

  10. Gideon

    October 18, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Why Nigerians do not grow, is because dey judge base on sentiment which is too bad. am a student of federal polytechnic nekede Owerri. According to Nigeria constitution 1999, provide dat every Nigerians has de right to live in any state he/she feel like as long as he wish even permanent and own any immovable properties, and dat what made US one Nigeria why den a state government would try to destroy such right due his selfish interest. Lagos state government remember is not only in Lagos U can find destitutes, come to Imo state U would find beggers from all parts of Nigerian would Imo government send dem packing because they are not from His state? Lagos government, what You are doing is uncalled for and unlawful which can breach de peace of our great Country Nigeria. So do anything within Ur power to stop dis mess from public hearing, unless U want to bring another regions APATHY in this noble country !!!!


    October 18, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    the comments from the people on this forum shows that Nigeria is not one but three or four Nigeria. Lets face the truth. We have laws in this country called Nigeria let the laws prevail, because, Fashola spares nobody whether Hausa, Igbo, Yuruba or Ijaw republic. Fashola no send your tribe let anyone those so called police, and other agencies mess with take them to court and demand millions of naira for damagies.

  12. Techguru

    October 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Politics at play, Lets see how it pans out

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