A Lagos based lawyer, from delta state Malcom Omirhobo, has sued the Federal government the President Muhammadu Buhari, the Delta State Government, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa; the state’s Attorney General, the House of Assembly, Delta State Commissioner of Police, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the Nigerian Army and the trustees of the herders’ association, Miyetti-Allah Kautal Hore Socio-Cultural Association.
The suit marked FHC/ASB/CS/51/2020 was filed last week at the High Court in Asaba, Delta State, seeking a stop to open grazing and alleged killings and kidnapping by Fulani herdsmen in some parts of the State.
The plaintiff alleged that clashes between Fulani herders and farmers had resulted in loss of life and injuries mostly on the part of the host communities.
He added that “the Fulani herdsmen used to arm themselves with sticks, spears, daggers and bow and arrow to protect themselves from cattle rustlers,” adding that in recent times they, “now arm themselves with unlicensed AK-47 and assault rifles with which they intimidate and coerce other indigenous peoples of Nigeria hosting them to have their way in utilizing their land.”
He prayed the court to, among others, declare as a flagrant violation of his rights and others guaranteed by section 33 of the constitution, “the killing of members of the Nigerian public in Ubulu-Uku, Isele-Uku, Oniche-Olona, Onicha -Ugbo, Onocha-Olona , Orvre R’Oruarivie Abraka Kingdom, Ovwor-Olomu, Edjekota Ogor Kingdom and Uwheru and environs of Delta State by armed Fulani herdsmen and members of the 12th respondent with the tacit support of the 1st to 12th respondents.”
He also sought an order compelling the 1st to the 11th respondents “to perform their sacred and primary duties and responsibilities to protect and respect the fundamental rights to life, dignity of human person, personal liberty, freedom of movement, right to freedom from discrimination and the right to own landed property of the applicant and those of the Nigerian public.”
The case which was brought for mention on 19TH March 2020 at the federal high court seating in Asaba adjourned the Matter till April 2, 2020 for hearing.
The activist Malcom Omirhobo in partnership with civil rights council Delta State, led by the Asaba chapter coordinator CRC told newsmen that the Federal and Delta State government have been adamant to the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in delta state despite series of attacks and vow to get justice for the victims of Fulani herdsmen