Nigerian farmers win High Court victory in fight against Ekiti airport - The Ecologist
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Farmers in Ekiti state in western Nigeria have just won a major legal victory in their resistance to a massive airport on their land.
A High Court judgment has been issued which upholds the farmers’ land titles, awards them compensation, and injuncts the airport developers not to enter their land or harass or intimidate them.
But while the farmers are celebrating their achievement, they are also mourning the deaths of ten farmers who died in the course of the David and Goliath struggle.
The first many farmers even knew of the airport plan was on 2nd October 2015 when the Etiki state government sent in bulldozers to clear 4,000 hectares of farmland to make way for runways and terminals.
Farmers said that government officials had entered their land and stolen produce including cocoa, yams and bananas. They also stated that at least ten farmers, including three women, had ’died of shock’ caused by the destruction of their farms and ensuing economic loss.