NGO Sues NESREA, Lagos Govt Over Olushosun Dump Site/Landfill

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A non-governmental organization; the Incorporated Trustees of Laws and Rights Awareness Initiative has filed a fundamental right enforcement suit against the  National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the Lagos State Government for their alleged refusal to shutdown or relocate the landfill/dumpsite at Olushosun, Ojota, Lagos.

The suit with No. FHC/L/CS/1726/19 brought by Originating Summons was filed by counsel to the NGO the firm of Olumide Babalola LP at the Federal High Court, Lagos.

The suit claims among others;

A declaration that the Respondents’ refusal/omission to shut down or relocate the land-fill/dumpsite at Olushosun, Ojota Lagos constitutes an infringement and/or likely infringement on the Applicant’s members right to life guaranteed under section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended).

A declaration that the Respondents’ refusal/omission to shut down or relocate the land-fill/dumpsite at Olushosun, Ojota Lagos constitutes an infringement and/or likely infringement on the Applicant’s members right to dignity of human person guaranteed under section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended).

A declaration that the Respondents’ refusal/omission to shut down or relocate the land-fill/dumpsite at Olushosun, Ojota Lagos constitutes an infringement and/or likely infringement on the Applicant’s members right to dignity of human person guaranteed under Articles 16 and 24 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

An order compelling the Respondents to immediately shut down and/or relocate the dump site/land fill at Olushosun, Ojota Lagos.

The summons was supported by an 18 paragraphs affidavit narrating the havoc and danger posed by the dump site to an over 1000 houses in the vicinity of the dump site.

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The written address filed by the Plaintiff argued in details that the lives of citizens living around the vicinity is endangered and consequently an infringement on their fundamental right to life.

The suit is yet to be assigned to a court.

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