In landmark case, activist attempt to block introduction of GMO corn dismissed by Nigerian High Court

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Just two weeks after Nigeria’s federal government approved the commercialization of Bt cotton, scientists scored another victory with a court judgment that rejected objections raised by anti-GMO activist groups.

In September 2017, a group of 17 non-governmental organizations [sued] the federal government …. seeking to block the deployment of Bt cotton and genetically improved varieties of maize.

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The activist groups asked the court to revoke the permit granted to [National Biotechnology Development Agency] for the confined field trial of [two varieties of GMO corn] in Nigeria …. The groups …. maintained that issuing the permits to both Monsanto and NABDA constituted a threat to the fundamental human rights of the general public ….

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Delivering judgment [August 14th], Justice A.R. Mohammed …. dismissed the action on the grounds that …. the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain [the case] …. He added that the matter was not a fundamental rights issue.

… Dr. Rose Gidado, an assistant director at NABDA, said the victory was an important step for biotech in Nigeria.

“This is a milestone,” she said. “This means that Nigeria is ready to go ahead, to really adopt this technology and move forward. It means a lot to food security.”

Read full, original article: Anti-GMO activists lose landmark court case in Nigeria

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