20 October 2020 By VICTORIA ABAH
The Federal High Court in Abuja, has refused to sack the Interim Management Committee, that was appointed to pilot affairs of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The Court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, said it lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit that was jointly lodged by four Plaintiffs- Akharame Izedome Lucky, Adward Brisibe, Youths Arise for Undiluted Leadership and Development Initiative, and Riverrun Development Initiative.
Justice Ekwo maintained that the Plaintiffs were bereft of the requisite locus-standi to institute the action before the court.
He therefore struck out the suit which had the Attorney General of the Federation, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, NDDC, Prof. Kemebradikumo Pondei, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs. Caroline Nagbo and Cecilia Bukola Akintomide, as Defendants.
Justice Ekwo held that the two Non-Governmental Organizations that were amongst the Plaintiffs, lacked the power, by virtue of their registration status, to file a suit to challenge the action of a Government Agency.
He equally held that the two other neutral persons behind the suit are not within the category of people that are described as stakeholders in Section 2(1)(b) of the NDDC Act.
The Court stressed that only such stakeholders are statutorily imbued with the locus standi to query the actions and decisions taken in relation to the management of the NDDC.