Court Grants Lagos Lawyer Leave to Commence Class Action on Behalf of People with Disability in the State

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The High Court of Lagos State has granted leave to one Ms. Oyetunde to represent over 3 million persons living with disability in Lagos State in a Class Action filed by the firm of Olumide Babalola LP against the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs and its General Manager.

In the suit with No. LD/2207MJR/2018 which came up on the 31st day of August 2018 before Justice E. I. Alakija of the Lagos State High Court, the Honourable Court granted the following orders

  1. Leave to apply for judicial review (mandamus) of the Respondents’ refusal to perform their statutory duties under section 3 and 25 of the Lagos State Special Peoples Law especially for the making of guidelines for welfare of persons living with disability as well as prosecution violators of the law in this regard.
  1. This suit is certified as a CLASS ACTION for the Applicant and all other persons living with disability in Lagos State. Etc.

Upon the grant of leave, the Applicant has then filed her originating motion praying for the following reliefs:

  1. AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS compelling the Respondents to issue guidelines for the welfare of the Applicant and members of her class under section 9(1) of the Lagos State Special People’s Law 2010.
  1. AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS compelling the Respondents to issue directives for designing and buildings so as to make them accessible to and usable by persons living with disability pursuant to section 9(2) of the Lagos State Special People’s Law 2010.
  1. AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS compelling the Respondents to investigate, prosecute and sanction persons/corporate bodies violating the provisions of the Lagos State Special People’s Law 2010 pursuant to sections 9(4), 13 and 20 of the same Lagos State Special People’s Law 2010.

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