A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has again ruled that the National Association of Seadogs (Pyrates Confraternity) is not a secret cult group.
The group had earlier obtained a similar judgment in May 2009 by another High Court in the State in suit NO PHGC/1701/2005.
In a suit filed by trustees of the association against the Rivers state government, the State House of Assembly and the Attorney- General of the state over the listing of the name of the group as number 63 in the schedule of Rivers State Secret Cult and similar activities (prohibition) Amendment law of 2018, Justice A Enebeli ruled that based on the earlier judgment in suit NO PHGC/1701/2005 the respondents cannot list the name of the group on its list of cult groups.
He ordered that the name of the group be delisted from the state scheduled and gave an order of ‘perpetual injunction’ restraining the respondents in the suit from listing the name of the association in subsequent amendments by the government.
“ That by virtue of the subsisting judgment of High Court of Rivers State in suit No PHGC/1701/2005 – Between Registered Trustees of the National Association of Seadogs Vs Attorney General of Rivers and Ors, delivered on the 25/5/2009 which declared that the Applicant is not a secret cult under the Rivers State Secret and Similar Activities(Prohibition) Law No 6 of 2004 and the representations made to the 1st Respondent at the Public Hearing, the 1st Respondent ought not to have included the name of the Applicant in the schedule to the Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities(Prohibition) Amendment Law of 2018 as they are under obligation to obey and give effect to the said judgment by virtue of Section 287(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended)”.
“That the name of the Applicant listed as No 63 in the Schedule to Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities(Prohibition) Amendment Law of 2018, Rivers State be and is hereby delisted from or anywhere the Applicant’s name appears in the aforesaid law and Applicant’s name is hereby struck out from the said law.”
“That an order of Perpetual Injunction be and is hereby made restraining the Respondents either by themselves, servants, agents or privies from including the name of the Applicant in any subsequent amendments to Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) Amendment Law of 2018 or in any manner referring to the Applicant as a Secret Cult in the face of a subsisting judgment of the High Court of Rivers State in Suit No PHC/1701/2005 delivered on 25/5/2009”.