Man sues Dangote, claims N227 Millions as damages over accident on Lafia -Markudi road
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
A middle aged man, Mr.John Usar, has instituted a legal proceeding before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, against Dangote Group of Companies and Dangote Cement Company PLC ,over what he described as careless and reckless attitude of the company’s driver ,Ibrahim Kolo.
In the suit filed at an FCT High Court, Apo, the plaintiff, Mr .John Usar, is claiming the sum of N 227 Million Naira as special and general damages against the company whose Trailer-Truck driven by Ibrahim Kolo ,drove uncontrollably with a high speed and crushed the plaintiff and his wife,Mrs.Vivian John Usar , along Lafia-Markudi road.
Mr.Usar and his wife, sustained varying degree of injuries when a Trailer Truck,belonging to Dangote Cement Company, ran over him and his wife in their car at a bend near Kadorko, on Lafia -Makurdi high way.
In the suit No :FCT/HC/CV/3243/17 filed at the Federal Capital Territory ,the plaintiff who was traveling alongside his wife in a Honda Accord car , told the court that upon noticing that the Dangote’s trailer was approaching a bend with such a reckless speed, he applied caution yet ,the trailer claimed over him and his wife in their car damaging it beyond repairs and causing them severe injuries in the process.
He explained that the incident which occurred in 2017 ,has caused the family huge material loss, physical and physiological pains, leaving the family in penury and traumatised.
Mr.Usar further told the court that his wife was in comma as a result of the incident for several days before the Medical team at Dalhatu Arat Specialist Hospital Lafia, battled and luckily revived her.
When the case came up for hearing, both Dangote Group and Dangote Cement, being 1st and 2nd Defendants respectively ,as well as their Counsels failed to attend Court ,forcing the trial judge, Justice Otaluka to adjourned the matter till March this year.
The judge, who was obviously unhappy with several adjustments which the case has suffered, decried the attitude of the lawyers and the Companies in the prosecution of the case.
It will be recall that the case has suffered a number of adjournments owing principally to the attempts by the company and lawyers to prevent the cause of justice.
Dangote Group , had through it Counsel ,opted for an amicable resolution that could have resulted to an out -of -Court settlement which the trial judge encouraged.
However, Dangote Group turned around and filed an objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
The objection was heard and dismissed as lacking in merit and the cost of 100,000. 00 was awarded against Dangote Group.
The firm failed to pay the cost awarded and also, refused to file a defence in respect of the subsisting case for over five years.