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Appellant Court reserve judgment in the appeal of the killing of Saro Wiwa


Ugochukwu Iwuchukwu

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has reserved judgment in the case between the Conscience of Ogoni People and Federal Government over the Ogoni Civil Disturbances Tribunal Judgement.

The Conscience of Ogoni People had gone to the Appeal Court to set aside the Ogoni Civil Disturbances Special Tribunal judgment that sentenced Saro Wiwa to death on November 1995.

When the matter was called upon in court, the counsel to Federal Government filed a motion for extension of time while the lawyer of Conscience of Ogoni People filed a reply brief which was adopted by the court.

The lawyer to Conscience of Ogoni People Golden AWI also argued that the General Coordinator of the group Gani Topba has the legal interest to fight for the setting aside of the tribunal judgment that sentenced Ken Saro Wiwa to death.

GOLDEN AWI also said that the lower court had condemned the condemned the ruling of the tribunal that convicted the nine activists, noting that such laws cannot exist in a civilized society.

You could recall that the Environmental Right Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others Ogoni leaders (Saturday Dobee, Felix Nuate, Nordu Eawo, Paul Levura, Daniel Gbokoo, Barinem Kiobel, John Kpunien, and Baribor Bera) were sentenced to death on 30th and 31st October 1995 and were executed on November 10th, 1995.