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Court dismisses Miyetti Allah’s suit against Benue anti-open grazing law

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Court dismisses Miyetti Allah’s suit against Benue anti-open grazing law

An attempt by the Miyetti Allah Kautal organisation to block the implementation of the 2017 Benue Open Grazing Prohibition and Establishment Law failed on Thursday as a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja struck out its suit.

How it happened: The Miyetti Allah Kautal group had requested the court to restrain the Benue government from implementing the law. However the court did not even delve into the substance of the case due to perceived “nonchalance” by the group.

  • According to the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang, the group failed to comply with an earlier order of the court directing it to amend its originating summons. That previous directive given by the former judge presiding over the case, Justice Bamidele Quadri, was supposed to take just five days.
  • “For them to have not done anything for 19 months, they should have themselves to blame. The court order remains valid,” Justice Abang said.
  • Dismissing the case, the judge accused the group of treating court orders with levity and abusing court processes.
  • What happens next? Per Justice Abang’s ruling, the plaintiff is expected to pay the sum of N100,000 to “all the 14 defendants before taking any other step.”

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