CASES

LA V. Abuja Electricity Distribution Company

AEDC was sued for negligence and failing to take adequate and practical steps and care to ensure the safe, sound and efficient distribution of electricity. This action is meant for the court to compel the company to be more responsible.  Furthermore, in the case of LA V. Benue State Government Lawyers Alert filed an action against the Benue state government which had earlier imposed a ban on the use of motorcycles in a part of the state. 

In the course of enforcing the ban, security agencies confiscated motorcycles and destroyed same.

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LA v. Attorney General (AG) and Ors

 

To compel the Federal AG to ensure that employers of labour adopt and register their HIV and AIDS Workplace Policies with the Ministry of Labour.  The provisions of the HIV/AIDS (Anti-discrimination) Act, 2014 were enacted to make provision for the prevention by all employers of labour of HIV/AIDS-Based discrimination suffered in the workplace. The court heard the action and judgment was delivered on the 26th of Sept 2018 prohibiting employers from coercing perspective employees to undergo HIV\testing and that dismissing employees on the basis of their perceived or actual HIV status is unlawful and discriminatory. Although the action failed at the National Industrial Court for want of jurisdiction, 

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REPORT ON JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY SITTING IN MAKURDI

 

 

JACENTHA MELLADU VS A.I.G ZONE 4 (BSJPI/040/21)

FACTS: The petitioner in 2016, was arrested, harassed, intimidated, detained and subjected to further inhuman treatment by men of the Nigerian Police Force in Makurdi the Benue state capital. She filed an action in court with motion No: MHC/127/2016 for enforcement of her fundamental rights.

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LA V Hon. Minister of the Federal Capital Territory & 4 ORS

 

The action was instituted by the organization to enforce the rights of some women who were being incessantly arrested at nights by agents of the respondents on suspicion of being prostitutes. At the hearing of the suit, 1st Respondent raised so much issue with locus standi as Lawyers Alert sued to enforce the rights of those who are victims of the arrests. Parties argued their various positions but in the end, the court decided in favour of the Plaintiff and held that it has the locus to sue the way it did.

                                       

Miss. X. v Teene Todds Day Care Pre-School & 2 Ors

 

a trained and experienced nurse, heard of a vacancy for a staff nurse put up by Teene Todds Day Care Pre-school, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and applied for the job. She got an offer letter which she accepted and submitted at the office of the Director.  Miss X was later shown an official document that mandated her to disclose her status. In compliance, Miss X told the Director she is HIV+. Owing to this self-disclosure, Miss X’s appointment was summarily terminated and humiliated and thrown out of the school premises so as not to infect pupils or discourage parents from dropping off kids in the school. Lawyers Alert, in a bid to resolve the matter amicably out of court, wrote a letter on behalf of Miss X to the establishment, 

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Mr. X v. Mr. Jakobus Brink & 3 Ors.

 

In the aforementioned case, Lawyers Alert partnered the Southern Africa   Litigation Centre, SALC. The case was to seek justice for Mr. X based on his loss of employment owing to his HIV status. Mr. X was compelled by his employers to undergo a medical test which test revealed that he was HIV positive and based on the results, his employers terminated his employment. Owing to this, Mr. X contacted Lawyers Alert and a suit was filed against his employers.  This case was heard and determined at the National Industrial Court and Judgment was delivered on the 26th of September 2018. 

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Mr. X v. Mr. Jakobus Brink & 3 Ors

 

for the Plaintiff in recognition of his rights to confidentiality and privacy. By this order, a Plaintiff in an action is granted leave to sue in a pseudo name, thereby concealing his/her real name. The essence of this order is to protect the identity of the one concerned. The same order has been obtained in the cases of Miss. X. v Teene Todds Day Care Pre-School & 2 Ors and that of Miss A v. Federal Medical Centre & 1 Or. both at the National Industrial Court sitting in Abuja. The order has also come with the privilege of court proceedings being held in privacy. It is a means of balancing the right of a person to privacy with the justice principle of fair hearing.

                                     

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