NGO Slams N1bn Suit on Kano, FG over Aban­doned Toll Gate

THISDAY - - NEWS - Sen­a­tor Iroegbu

A non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO), ‘Nija Save Nige­ria’ has sued the Kano State and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment of Nige­ria for neg­li­gence over the toll gate at Naibawa, which has re­sulted in loss of many lives.

In a suit dated July 10, 2018, filed on be­half of Naibawa com­mu­nity by Messrs. Gordy Uche (SAN)&Co and ob­tained by THISDAY yes­ter­day, the NGO, which fights in­jus­tice and mal­treat­ment of Nige­ri­ans, sought for many re­liefs in­clud­ing some declar­a­tive or­ders.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed in the court, the un­com­pleted / aban­doned toll gate at Na’Ibawa near Saa­datur Rimi Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion on Zaria Road was not only badly po­si­tioned but was aban­doned thereby con­sti­tut­ing a nui­sance to road users some of who had al­ready lost their lives.

They are there­fore pray­ing the court for a declar­a­tive in­junc­tion that leav­ing such death traps on the high­way was care­less act which had put peo­ple’s lives in dan­ger and should be re­moved.

They are also pray­ing for a dec­la­ra­tion that the un­com- pleted/aban­doned Toll Gate building erected by the defendants at Na’ibawa con­sti­tutes an ob­struc­tion/ac­ci­dent risk and was re­spon­si­ble for the mo­tor ve­hi­cle crash of the plain­tiffs and the death of Abba Musa Gashash on the 12th day of May, 2018.

The plain­tiffs also claim the sum of N1­bil­lion be­ing damages against the defendants for the mo­tor ve­hi­cle crash of the plain­tiffs on the 12th day of May, 2018 and the con­se­quent med­i­cal ex­penses and gen­eral costs of up­keep of the now dis­abled plain­tiffs.

The plain­tiffs are also ask­ing the court to com­pel the defendants to im­me­di­ately dis­man­tle the said aban­doned, di­lap­i­dated toll gate.

The pe­ti­tion­ers averred that “there is an un­com­pleted, un­painted, no re­flec­tors, no speed bumps Toll Gate at Na’ibawa, few me­ters to Sa’adatu Rimi Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion on Zaria Road. This Toll Gate has claimed many lives of in­no­cent peo­ple and will con­tinue to do so on a daily ba­sis. One tragic ex­am­ple was a Bus full of women at­tend­ing a wed­ding that crashed and all but one child died on the spot.”

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