A Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja on Monday awarded the sum of N10.6 million damages in opposition to 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 swimsuit instituted in opposition to 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 limitations 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 relating to the accident and the paperwork tendered to assist 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 chargeable for the inserting of the concrete limitations 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 dashing on the a part of the plaintiff was chargeable for the accident.
The Choose mentioned that the totality of proof from the facet of the police indicated that the accident was brought about together with 4 others by the illegal placement of concrete limitations on the street the identical day.
The Choose, subsequently, 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 Court docket for illegally blocking the highways inside its multi-billion Naira Towers in Abuja with out notifications or street indicators or warnings.
The normal ruler within the swimsuit instituted on his behalf by his counsel Mr Malachy Nwekpe had prayed the Court docket 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 value of his broken automotive and one other N.5m as value of prosecuting his case in opposition to the NNPC.
Within the claims, the previous FRCN Judicial Editor needed the Court docket to carry the NNPC chargeable 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 limitations on the street.
He averred that whereas coming back from work on the identical day round 11 pm, his Peugeot 406 automotive with registration No. DP 41 EKY was concerned in a ghastly accident brought on by the concrete limitations 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 Normal Hospital whereas the automotive acquired broken past repairs by the concrete limitations.
He additional contended that each one efforts to make NNPC compensate him for the incurred medical bills and injury to his automotive had been rebuffed by the company.
The plaintiff additional averred that as an alternative, the NNPC wrote his counsel claiming that it was the safety brokers of the federal authorities that positioned the concrete limitations on the street and ought to be held accountable.
He claimed that quickly after the accident, he retired from public service and couldn’t change his automotive or meet bills on additional medical therapy of his chest.
Elder Anika, subsequently, prayed the federal excessive court docket to carry that NNPC was chargeable for the location of the concrete limitations with none warning indicators to unsuspecting street customers.
He additionally sought a court docket declaration that the sudden placement of the concrete limitations with out related indicators and warnings was wrongful.
The veteran journalist additionally requested the Court docket to declare that the NNPC and federal authorities, which is a joint defendant within the swimsuit, had been vicariously answerable for the accident and consequent damage and injury brought about him by the wrongful placement of limitations.
He, subsequently, claimed N5.1m as the price of the automotive, N44.1m as particular damages and one other N500,000 as the price of the litigation.
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