UK Court Registers N99bn Judgment Against Military Over Massacre

  • The court however stopped shot of registering the judgement against the then Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan and the Attorney General of the federation who were listed as defendants in the case
  • On May 5th, 2009 the Nigerian Military invaded the Gbaramatu community, killing hundreds and destroying property worth billions of dollars

by Kunle Olasanmi,

The People of Gbaramatu communities of Delta State has approached United Kingdom court to register the judgment of a Federal High Court in Asaba which ordered the Federal Government to pay them N99.9 billion damages for gross violation of their rights by the Joint Task Force in Delta State.

Mr. Justice of Holroyde of the Queen’s Bench Division of the Royal High Court of Justice England and Wales has ordered that the judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba be registered in England against Major General Sarkin Yarkin Bello (now retired) who was the commander of the Delta Joint Task Force.

In registering the judgment in London, the communities are seeking to obtain a worldwide freezing injunction against the assets of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

But the UK Court declined to register the judgment against the federal government and registered it against Major General Sarkin Yakin Bello (the 3rd Defendant ) who is jointly and severally liable.