BREAKING NEWS: JUDICIARY THE LAST HOPE OF COMMON MAN: By the Judgement / Ruling of Hon. Justice S.N Odili of Court 5, Awka Division of the High Court of Anambra State…

The Judgement / Ruling of Hon. Justice S.N Odili of Court 5, Awka Division of the High Court of Anambra State, in suit no. A/Misc.310/2017 between Barr. Mayor Asiegbu Vs Anambra State Government, Attorney General of Anambra State & Commissioner of Police Anambra State, the court declared that the restriction of movement of people in Anambra State by the Respondents themselves or through any of their agencies or agents between the hours of 7.00am and 10.00am on every last Saturday of the month, during the State environmental sanitation exercise is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void for reasons of inconsistency with Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

FACTS: The Applicant, Barr. Mayor Asiegbu, a native of Adazi-Ani, in Anaocha LGA of Anambra State, and a Lagos based Legal Practitioner claims reliefs against the Respondents for allegedly breaching his right to Freedom of Movement on 30th Sept; 2017.

The Applicant alleged that on the 30th Sept;2017, at about 7.10am, the Respondents through their officials/agents barricaded the Amawbia axis of Enugu/Onitsha Old Road, in enforcement of “no movement policy” of the State Government during the monthly environmental sanitation exercise, hence, himself and other passengers travelling to Lagos from Awka on board “God is Good” bus were restrained from movement and therefore trapped on the road. As a result if the above, the Applicant claimed that due to the restraint, he and other passengers on board the bus suffered a lot of pressure, stress and trauma, getting to Lagos very late.

The 1st and 2nd Respondents, by their counter affidavit and written address filed on 17th January, 2018, opposed the Application. The 3rd Respondent did not file any process in opposition of the suit.

After the contentions and arguments of all the parties, the court while allowing the suit made the following orders at Awka, on the 13th March, 2018:

“1. It is hereby declared that the restriction of movement of people in Anambra State by the Respondents themselves or through any of their agencies or agents between the hours of 7.00am and 10.00am on every last Saturday of the month, during the State environmental sanitation exercise is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void for reasons of inconsistency with Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

2. It is hereby declared that the barricading of Enugu/Onitsha Old Road at Amawbia axis by officials/agents of the Respondents at about 7.10am on 30th of Sept; 2017, thereby restricting the movement of the Applicant, who among other passengers was travelling to Lagos on board “God is Good” Toyota commuter bus, with Delta State registration No. AYB 111 XP is illegal, unconstitutional, null and void, for reasons of inconsistency with Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

3. The Respondents are hereby perpetually restrained whether by themselves, officials or agents from further restricting the movement of the Applicant or that of any other person whatsoever in Anambra State, between the hours of 7.00am and 10.00am, during the environmental sanitation exercise of the last Saturday of the month in the State.

4. N500,000.00 ( Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) is awarded against the Respondents jointly and severally in favour of the Applicant as compensation for the breach of his right to Freedom of Movement on 30th Sept; 2017, for a period of less than three hours”.

By the reasons of the above Judgement/Ruling, all Anambrarians and other persons who are in Anambra State are legally free to move about their lawful activities during the environmental sanitation exercise of the last Saturday of the month without any fear of intimidation, arrest or molestations from the law enforcement agents. This judgement/ruling is a winning for the society. It is therefore to be enforced by all Anambrarians. Long live all Anambrarians, for together we shall conquer!!! For Sure