Report By:David Oghen
WaffiTV:justice R. D. Harriman of Delta State High Court sitting in Warri has adjourned till February 25 for pre-trial conference in the suit by Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor and others against the Itsekiri Regional Development Council, IRDC
The plaintiff is praying the court to prevent the defendants from getting to and dispensing N2.1 billon paid by Chevron into Keystone Bank Plc for Itsekiri oil producing communities.
Justice Harriman likewise dismissed a joinder motion filed by the Aja-Edede community looking to be joined as claimants in the suit by Chief Lori-Ogbebor and others. While expelling the motion, Justice Harriman said the suit by Chief Lori-Ogbebor could be resolved without the Aja-Edede community being joined, including that since they had filed a suit against Chevron at the Federal High Court, Warri, the one under the watchful eye of the court was, in this way, an abuse of court process.
The court likewise awarded N20,000 against them for the inquirer, Chief Lori-Ogbebor and others. Additionally, the judge dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Keystone Bank, a litigant for the situation against the Motion on Notice filed by the claimants (Chief Lori-Ogbebor and others ) for an “order for discovery by interrogatories ” with N20,000 cost awarded for the petitioner Chief Lori-Ogbebor and co against Keystone bank.
Remarking on the development, lead counsel to the claimants, Mr. Dwindle Aihiokhai, expressed expectation that justice will go to the oil-producing Itsekiri communities that have endured colossal hardship regardless of the additions of the rich oil depo-sits in their communities