A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomole, on Tuesday, sought for an out-of-court settlement in the N10bn libel suit instituted against him by Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.
Ortom had filed the suit against the former APC chairman over his comments against him at a press conference on July 27, 2018, where Oshiomhole accused the governor of having a hand in the death of two Catholic priests and other parishioners at Mbalom Community, Gwer East Local Government Area on the grounds that one of the priests had preached a “very critical sermon” against him (the governor).
Earlier on the suit, Oshiomhole had filed six preliminary objections which the court resolved all in Ortom ’s favour.
However, at the resumption of the case on Tuesday , counsel for Ortom, Samuel Irabor, submitted that he was ready to call his witnesses, but said that Oshiomhole’s counsel, Festus Jumbo had informed him that they have considered putting up a retraction of the publication and it would be ready within Oshiomole
He said he was applying for another date to take a look at the terms of settlement canvassed by Oshiomhole.
Titus Akhuwa who held the brief of Oshiomhole’s counsel, Festus Jumbo confirmed the submission of Governor Ortom’s lawyer.
The Presiding judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman of State High Court sitting in Makurdi, after listening to both parties, adjourned the case to October 29, for a report on the out -of – court settlement .
CJ Olusiyi Receives FIDA Executives Kogi Chapter
The Chief judge of Kogi State, Hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi hosted international federation of women lawyers (FIDA) Kogi State Chapter.
The Chairperson of the Association, Mrs Ajuma Lilian Okolo along with the Secretary of the Association, Barr Kemi Omaiza Usman stated that, the group were in the office of the Chief Judge to appreciate God and the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the judicial friendly Governor for the confirmation of the appointment as the substantive Chief Judge of the state, stating that, as the patron of the association, they’re delighted with the modest achievements and described the Chief Judge as one of the outstanding Chief Judge in Nigeria who believes in due process and speed administration of justice system as could be seen from the visit to correctional homes in the State in recent time and commended the Governor for the well deserve confirmation.
Responding, the Chief judge, hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi thanked the association and its executive member’s for identify with him and assured them of his continued support when ever the need arise.
The president, Kogi State Costmary Court of Appeal, Hon Justice JB Olowosegun and the secretary of the association, Barr Kemi Omaiza Usman were present during the visit.
Kogi State House Of Assembly confirms Justice Olusiyi As Substantive Chief Judge
Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.
Kogi State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi as the substantive Chief Judge of the state, while Justice John Bayo Olowosegun was equally confirmed as President of Kogi State Customary Court of Appeal.
The two Judicial Officers were confirmed during the house plenary on Tuesday, after the Speaker Hon. Matthew Kolawole read a communication from the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, informing the Assembly of the recommendations by the National Judicial Commission for their appointment.
It could be recalled that, Hon. Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi was appointed as the acting Chief Judge of the State following the sudden demise of the former office holder, Late Hon. Justice Nasiru Ajanah who died on 28th June, 2020.
Justice Olowosegun also replaced late Justice Ibrahim Shaibu Atadoga, who also died in June 2020.
The governor in the letter to the house, said Justice Olusiyi was nominated for screening and confirmation in line with section 271 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
After the screening, Hon. Bello Hassan Balogun, the majority leader representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, moved a motion that Justice Olusiyi and Justice Olowosegun should take a bow and leave.
He said this was necessary in view of their track records in the administration of justice in the state. His motion was seconded by the member representing Igalamela Odolu Constituency, Barr. Cosmos Atabor.
Prince Mathew Kolawole, the Speaker, who announced the confirmation, directed the Clerk of the house to inform the governor of the confirmation.
Hon Justice Henry Adebola Olusiyi hails from Igbaruku-Okeri in Yagba West Local Government Area Kogi State, born on 11th January, 1956, and started his educational career at St. Michael’s Primary School, Kaduna from January, 1962 to December, 1966 finished his primary education at E.C.W.A Primary School, Mopa Kogi State between January, 1967 and December, 1968.
He enrolled for his secondary school at the E.C.W.A Secondary School, Mopa, Kogi State, in January, 1969 and rounded up in June 1973.
He secured admission into the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in July, 1974 and graduated in 1978 with an LL.B (Hons.) before proceeding to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in October, 1978 and by July, 1979, he was called to the Nigerian Bar after successfully completing the programme of the school and obtaining his B.L.
Hon. Justice Olusiyi’s jurisprudential, administrative and managerial depth of working experience started as a state Counsel at the Ministry of Justice Maiduguri, Borno State where he had his mandatory N.Y.S.C scheme between August, 1979 and July, 1980.
He subsequently became a Magistrate Grade II in the Kwara State Judiciary, Ilorin.
He became a Magistrate Grade I and later progressed to become a Chief magistrate in July, 1980.
He served in this position up to March 6, 1988 when he was appointed the Chief Registrar at the High Court of Justice of the Kwara State Judiciary which he resumed with at the Kogi State Judiciary, Lokoja on August 28, 1991 upon the creation of Kogi State. He was appointed a Judge of the Kogi State High Court on June 5th, 1992.
Meanwhile, the house has sworn in Hon. Atule Egbunu as the lawmaker representing Ibaji State Constituency.
Egbunu replaced John Abba who died in June, 2020Justic.
Court strikes out BATN’s suit against FCCPC
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, on Monday, completely struck out an Originating Summons, in an action filed by British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), against the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC).
BATN had asked the court to prevent FCCPC from investigating it for anti-consumer protection, public health and anti-competition violations that the Commission was investigating.
The tobacco company had, in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/1350/2020 before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, secured an ex parte injunction, and further asked the court to prevent the continuation of the investigation by the consumer protection commission.
In a preliminary objection argued by Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman of the FCCPC, the court agreed that the case was premature and lacking in merit, as administrative conditions precedent, such as Pre-Action Notice, were not complied with by BATN.
The court noted that there was no basis or urgency for the filing of the action after the Pre-Action Notice which, according to the court, remains a fundamental provision of the law.
By this decision, the ex parte injunction expires as the court refused the case and agreed with the FCCPC that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.
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