The federal government has been dragged to the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) by some aggrieved members of the oil producing community of the Niger Delta Region, asking the court to declare as unlawful and a violation of their fundamental right, the unilateral allocation of crude oil blocks to private Nigerians and their firms by the respondent.

The plaintiffs described the federal government’s action as a total disregard to rights of the people of the communities in whose lands the crude oil is located as entrenched in Article 21, 22 and 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (ACHPR), as well as Article 1 (1-3) of the United Nation’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and Article 1 (1-3) and 11 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

The plaintiffs Mr. Nosa Ehanire Osaghae, Mr. Joseph Gbemre, Mr. Peter Aiko Obobaifo and Mr. Daniel Ikpomwosa, represented by Barrister Solomon Omobude who filed the case for themselves and on behalf of the Niger Delta People of Nigeria, are also asking for a declaration that the unbridled oil exploration, gas flaring and resultant pollution and deaths of people in the Niger Delta region in the past 30 years which has led to severe environmental degradation and destruction without proper steps being taken by the federal government of Nigeria to prevent same is unlawful and a clear violation of their fundamental rights to life and the dignity of Nigerians living in the oil producing areas of the region.

This they contended also affect their rights to self determination, right to healthy environment.

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  1. Legally speaking I support the plaintiffs’right of action against the Fed. Govt. of Nigeria.,It is true that,Unilateral allocation of crude oil blocks private Nigerians and the great people of the Niger-Delta communities their firms.whose lands the crude oil is located. So if Nigeria want to move forward in harmony,rather than unlawful and violations of their fundamental rights , the Federal Govt. Definitely has to stop actions which are in total disregards to the rights of the people of Niger-Delta. For too long, these great people of the Niger-Delta, have been blind to the pain,of the unbridled oil exploration, Gaz flaring,,the environmental pollutions and degradation of their lands. Which JONATHAN GOOD-LUCK or whatever you call him totally ignored and failed to bring this issue to the table for discussion during his good number of waisted years in power. I wonder what LegacyJonathan Goodluck would want his people or the Nigerian people to reme-
    meber him for.The Fed Govt; has to look at the Constitutional provisions very well in the light of this deeply offensive and brutallly diversionary provisions of both the Nigerian Constitution and that of the African Charter on Human and peoples Right to give it its natural interpretations based on equity with respect to the people of the land.Therefore, Nigerians and the people of the Niger-Delta communities , must search their hearts over voting laws and the Constitution as a matter of content and intent this time. I keep saying this, and I will repeat, “there is no reward in Heaven for how much possessions you have in this world, if the poor, the naked, the hungry,and the sick people are not being taken careof by their Govt.or its people in power..Thank you. M.G. Yakubu Bauchi.

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