A Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja on Monday awarded the sum of N10.6 million damages towards the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC) for unlawfully blocking the freeway in entrance of its Company Headquarters in Abuja, which led to a ghastly motor accident.
The quantity was awarded in favour of a veteran journalist, His Royal Highness, Eze Geo Anika, whose Peugeot 406 with registration quantity DP 41 EKY was broken past repairs in 2012 on account of the illegal blockade.
Delivering judgment in a go well with instituted towards the NNPC, Justice Babatunde Quadiri agreed with the plaintiff that the NNPC was negligent in blocking the freeway with out street indicators as required by legislation.
The Choose held that the proof of the witnesses to the monarch that concrete obstacles had been positioned on the freeway by the NNPC to avert an assault from Boko Haram terrorists weren’t faulted.
Justice Quadri additional held that the claims of the plaintiff concerning the accident and the paperwork tendered to help his claims weren’t controverted by the NNPC or its witnesses.
The Choose rejected the declare of the NNPC that the federal authorities, by means of the Nationwide Safety Adviser NSA, was answerable for the putting of the concrete obstacles across the NNPC towers with out street indicators, including that all through the proceedings, no single witness was invited to substantiate the declare.
Justice Quadri additional rejected one other declare by the NNPC that recklessness and over rushing on the a part of the plaintiff was answerable for the accident.
The Choose stated that the totality of proof from the facet of the police indicated that the accident was brought on together with 4 others by the illegal placement of concrete obstacles on the street the identical day.
The Choose, due to this fact, awarded N5.1 million in favour of the Eze as the price of a broken car, one other N5 million as particular damages, whereas N500,000 was granted as the price of litigation.
The veteran journalist had dragged the NNPC to Courtroom for illegally blocking the highways inside its multi-billion Naira Towers in Abuja with out notifications or street indicators or warnings.
The standard ruler within the go well with instituted on his behalf by his counsel Mr Malachy Nwekpe had prayed the Courtroom to compel the NNPC to pay him a sum of N50m as damages for allegedly inflicting him a deadly accident.
In an amended assertion of claims, the veteran broadcaster sought N44m as particular damages, N5.1m as price of his broken automobile and one other N.5m as price of prosecuting his case towards the NNPC.
Within the claims, the previous FRCN Judicial Editor wished the Courtroom to carry the NNPC answerable for the deadly accident on account of an alleged act of utter negligence and disrespect to freeway management.
In his assertion of declare, the veteran broadcaster claimed that on April 1, 2012, he drove on the freeway in entrance of the NNPC towers to his Radio Home workplace with none type of concrete obstacles on the street.
He averred that whereas coming back from work on the identical day round 11 pm, his Peugeot 406 automobile with registration No. DP 41 EKY was concerned in a ghastly accident attributable to the concrete obstacles allegedly positioned on the street by the NNPC officers to safeguard the towers on the expense of the street customers with none street indicators or warning sign.
The plaintiff claimed that it took the intervention of the spirited public Nigerians who rushed him to a Basic Hospital whereas the automobile acquired broken past repairs by the concrete obstacles.
He additional contended that every one efforts to make NNPC compensate him for the incurred medical bills and harm to his automobile had been rebuffed by the company.
The plaintiff additional averred that as a substitute, the NNPC wrote his counsel claiming that it was the safety brokers of the federal authorities that positioned the concrete obstacles on the street and needs to be held accountable.
He claimed that quickly after the accident, he retired from public service and couldn’t exchange his automobile or meet bills on additional medical remedy of his chest.
Elder Anika, due to this fact, prayed the federal excessive courtroom to carry that NNPC was answerable for the position of the concrete obstacles with none warning alerts to unsuspecting street customers.
He additionally sought a courtroom declaration that the sudden placement of the concrete obstacles with out related indicators and warnings was wrongful.
The veteran journalist additionally requested the Courtroom to declare that the NNPC and federal authorities, which is a joint defendant within the go well with, had been vicariously chargeable for the accident and consequent damage and harm brought on him by the wrongful placement of obstacles.
He, due to this fact, claimed N5.1m as the price of the automobile, N44.1m as particular damages and one other N500,000 as the price of the litigation.