A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, on Thursday, sued the Federal Capital Development Authority after he sustained an injury in his leg when he fell into an uncovered manhole at Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja.
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Falana had about fortnight ago at the National Stakeholders’ Summit on Whistle-blowing in Abuja spoke of his resolve to sue the government blaming it for the leg injury.
“I am sure you saw me limping and using a walking stick when I was coming in. It is because I fell into a manhole while walking to my office on Shehu Shagari Way.
“I broke my leg and I am even wearing plaster of Paris and I was even hospitalised. So, I won’t, like the ordinary Nigerian, leave it to God,” he said.
The Human rights lawyer, who has been working with the aid of walking-stick, has however, made good his threat.
In the suit, marked, CV/0248/17, Falana claimed to have on October 27 fallen into a manhole along the Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama District, and Abuja.
According to him, he suffered a sprain to his right knee following the incident, and had to undergo a series of medical procedures, adding that he went through severe pain as well as physical, psychological and emotional trauma.
Falana claimed that the accident also disrupted his business, at same time, he had to pay N209,580 as the medical bill at the National Hospital, Abuja where he was rushed to and admitted.
He is seeking a court declaration that the FCDA failed in its responsibility of either ensuring that the manhole was properly covered up or putting up a caution sign to warn road users.
“The defendant ought to know that leaving a manhole open in the middle of the road was dangerous for all road users, especially pedestrians.
“The defendant owes the plaintiff a duty of care to ensure his safety while walking on Sheu Shagari Way, Maitama District, Abuja.
“The defendant is the Federal Capital Development Authority, a body established by an Act of the National Assembly with a duty to construct and maintain such roads, railways, sidings, tramways, bridges, reservoirs, watercourses, buildings, plant and machinery and such other works as may be necessary for, or conducive to, the discharge of its functions under the Act establishing it.”
He wants the court to order the defendant to refund his medical bill of N209, 580 and pay him N100m in damages.
The lawyer is praying the court to order the FCDA to immediately ensure that all the manholes in Abuja are covered up.
The suit which was filed in a Federal High Court in Abuja.