Alleged Pollution: Aba Communities Take Nigerian Breweries To Court, Demand N8b Compensation

By Abimbola Ogunnaike

Two communities-Ogbor Ancient Kingdom ans Eziama Amahia Autonomous Community, both in Aba North Local Government Area,Abia State, have dragged Nigerian Breweries PLC, Aba Plant in their area to court over alleged pollution.

The communities are also demanding the sum of N8 billion in damages from the brewery company

The communities. through the Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development(FENRAD)), cried out over the alleged continued degradation of their environments.

In the documents made available to newsmen, the communities said they have made several attempts to engage the company in a meeting over the matter but all of them  were not successful.

In the letter of litigation filed by their lawyer, Barr. Bright. I. Akpoaha Esq., dated 16th June, 2019, the communities alleged that Nigerian Breweries has continued to discharge effluent water and other dangerous chemicals, including waste into ‘Iyi Aza Ogbor’, also known as ‘Waterside’ or Aba River.

The community told the court that, “as only natural source of water, it’s dangerous to their health for the company to continue discharging its waste into the river”.

Aside this, the communities also claimed that they have carried out research and found harmful chemicals and contaminants in the wastewater being discharged into the Rivers by the company.

The community also provided a video showing how far the company’s alleged discharge of untreated wastewater to their environment has caused a lot of harm to the residents.

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