Seeks N1 Trillion Compensation
Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association
(NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has filed an application
before a Federal High Court in Enugu, challenging
what he called the total neglect of the Southeast


He is also asking for the sum of N1trillion as
damages to be shared among the five Southeast

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The fundamental rights class action, which is before
Justice A. R. Mohammed, is on behalf of himself
and the Southeast zone on the grounds of
discrimination, pursuant to Section 42 of the 1999
Constitution (as amended).
Agbakoba is asking these on the ground of total
neglect of the geopolitical zone by the Federal
Government, in terms of infrastructure and general
federal presence.

He also said the Federal Government has left the
Niger Bridge to collapse and failure to build the
‘Second Niger Bridge,’ making the applicant feel
isolated from other parts of the country and causing
him apprehension about disaster on crossing the
existing bridge.

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Agbakoba is also seeking an order directing the
Federal Government to forthwith put all its
machinery, including, but not limited to legal and
political apparatus, in motion, with a view to
urgently create two additional states in the
Southeast geopolitical zone.

This, according to him, would bring a balance with
the seven states in the Northwest, and thereby bring
to an end the discriminatory practices against the
Southeast zone, in terms of legislative
representation, political and judicial appointments
and not federal allocation accruing to the zone.
No date has been fixed for the hearing.

Courtesy: TNR