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Appeal Court Dismisses Gani Topbas Appeal To Set Aside The Judgement On The 1995 Execution Of Environmental Rights Activist KEN SARO WIWA

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From Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has dismissed an application by the Conscience of Ogoni People who had sought to set aside the judgment of Ogoni Civil Disturbances Tribunal that led to the execution of environmental rights activist Ken Saro Wiwa in Nov. 1995.

Justice Cordelia Jumbo-ofo of the Appellant Court while delivering judgment on the matter said the applicant and National Coordinator of the Conscience of Ogoni People Gani Topba did not have the locus standi to appear in the matter.

Justice Cordelia Jumbo-ofo said the applicant Gani Togba did not state the damages or injuries he suffered by the death of Ken Saro Wiwa.

The Appeal Court, however, affirmed the judgment of Justice Lima Abdullahi of the Federal High and dismissed the application filed by Conscience of Ogoni People due to lack of merit.

In the meantime, the National Coordinator of Conscience of Ogoni People Gani Topba said they will appeal the judgment at the Supreme Court.

Gani Topba during a press conference in Port Harcourt said the Supreme Court will hear the merits of their case.

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