Nigeria: Court vs. Government Evictions

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Nigeria: Court vs. Government Evictions
By: SERAC
12 November 2011
 

A Rivers State High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has just issued an order of interim injunction against the Rivers State Government (RSG) after hearing an exparte application brought by the Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC). The interim order granted today, November 11, 2011 by Justice S.C Amadi restrains the Rivers State government and its agents, privies and officials from evicting and demolishing the homes, businesses, churches, schools and livelihoods of Abonema Wharf Community residents in Port Harcourt, Rivers State until the substantive suit is heard and determined on its merits. SERAC filed the substantive suit, Jim Tom George vs. RSG (Suit No: PHC/2286/2009) in November 2009, on behalf of the Abonema Wharf community.

The court order represents a significant step forward in the community’s quest for housing justice, and reinforces confidence in the Nigerian judiciary as the last bastion of hope for the common man and woman in Nigeria.

For further information, contact:

Victoria Ohaeri
Program Coordinator
Social and Economic Rights Action Center (SERAC)

Plot 758
Chief Thomas Adeboye Drive
Omole Phase 2
Isheri
Lagos, Nigeria
234.1.764.6299/telephone
e-mail: victoria@serac.org
info@serac.org

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Download SERAC statement on the court order:

http://www.hlrn.org/img/documents/ABONEMA_COs-11-11-11.pdf

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