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Pipeline explosion victims sue federal government


The victims of the pipeline explosion in Osisioma Ngwa local government area of Abia state, have sued the federal government at the Abia State High court over alleged failure to take care of them.

Joined as defendants in the suit beside the federal government are the Petroleum Product Marketing Company and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

In the suit marked HOS/88/2019, the claimants, Mr Innocent Iheanacho, Mr Eze Esau, Mr Chuks Uzorije and 37 others are asking for the sum of N4,215,000,000 biĺlion as aggravated damages in favour of the victims.

The claimants stated that “the defendants knew their pipelines in the community were ruptured and spilling out, releasing petroleum products onto the ground but the defective pipelines were not shut down and the defendants continued to pump the notoriously volatile petroleum products through them which put the communities and residents at great risk.

“The defendant’s conduct towards the claimants and their community has been irresponsible and atrocious and the defendants have acted with impunity in the way they dealt with the entire situation of the fire explosions,” the claimant explained through their counsel, Access to Justice. . “They seek a declaration of court that through the defendants negligence, they have brutally violated the constitutional rights to life, dignity, security.

The third defendant failed in its duty arising from the constitution, the African charter on Human and people’s rights and other international treaties to which it is a party to conduct an impartial, thorough and effective investigation into the cause and circumstance of the death of the victims.

They also want payment of interest on any judgment sum awarded in favour of the claimants at the rate of 21 percent per annum until the full judgment sum is paid.

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