By Senator Iroegbu in Abuja
A non-governmental organisation (NGO), â€˜Nija Save Nigeriaâ€™ 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 Naâ€™Ibawa nearÂ 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 peopleâ€™s lives in danger and should be removed.
They are also praying for a declaration that the uncompleted/abandoned Toll Gate building erected by the defendants at Naâ€™ibawa constitutes an obstruction/accident risk and was responsible for the motor vehicle crash of the plaintiffsÂ 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 â€œthere is an uncompleted, unpainted, no reflectors, no speed bumps Toll Gate at Naâ€™ibawa, few meters to Saâ€™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.â€