A local government council Chairman in Taraba Jalingo state has been taken before a Jalingo high court for allegedly sponsoring thugs to attack members of an environmental rights group known as, Kurmi Movement For Sensitization and Environmental Protection, (KSAEP)
The Chairman of Kurmi Local Government area of Taraba State, Mr John Joseph Amamzalla was dragged before Justice Nuhu Adi, of the Taraba State High Court sitting in Jalingo. After hearing from both parties the case was later adjourned for ruling on 21 October 2021.
The adjournment was sequel to a request by the respondent for an out of court settlement by both parties.
Speaking to newsmen after the sitting in Jalingo, Barrister Micah Josiah, Counsel to the complainants said that his client’s Fundamental Right was infringed upon, informing the decision to approach a court for the interpretation of fundamental human rights accrued to his client.
Micah however, stated that he was ready for the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
He gave assurance that he would weigh the outcome of the resolution if it considered pains and loss occasioned by the actions of the respondent.
Counsel for the Complainants, Barrister Nerus Johnson on his part told journalists that he hoped the resolution would be worthwhile, adding that nobody is against settlement.
“In law, the modern train is for parties to resolve their issues amicably and this case is not a unique one that can not be resolve amicably. We adjourned to today 2nd day of September to report to the court as whether the parties have met and have resolved their differences.
“We just rose from the court and it was reported in court that parties are still talking, so the matter has been adjourned to October.
It could be recalled that the Activists members were on their way to Baissa when they were violently attacked and their vehicles smashed, while many sustained injuries and loss of other valuable items.
Our Correspondent further reports that the Activists filed the matter against the Local Government council chairman John Joseph Amamzalla in August 2021