Agbakoba sues FG for neglecting Southeast, request for creation of two additional states

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[Enugu]–Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, has requested the creation of two additional states in the Southeast geopolitical zone in an application filed before a Federal High Court in Enugu, challenging what he called the total neglect of the Southeast zone.

The application which has been filed before Justice A. R. Mohammed, is on behalf of himself and the Southeast zone on the grounds of discrimination, pursuant to Section 42 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

He is also asking for the sum of N1trillion as damages to be shared among the five Southeast states.

The application is on the basis of a total neglect of the geopolitical zone by the Federal Government, in terms of infrastructure and general federal presence. He cited as an example, the neglect of the the Niger Bridge and failure to build the ‘Second Niger Bridge,’ making the applicant feel isolated from other parts of the country and causing him apprehension about disaster on crossing the existing bridge.

Although no date has been fixed for the hearing, Agbakoba is also seeking an order directing the Federal Government to forthwith put all its machinery, including, but not limited to legal and political apparatus, in motion, with a view to urgently create two additional states in the Southeast geopolitical zone, which according to him, would bring a balance with the seven states in the Northwest.

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