Posted by Destiny Ugorji, Abuja | 6 May 2017 | 1,498 times
A Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting in Apo, Abuja, on Thursday adjourned to May, 18, 2017, the N10 billion defamation suit filed by ex-husband of missing Abuja business woman, Charity Aiyedogbon, Mr. David Aiyedogbon, against Lagos lawyer, Emeka Ugwuonye.
The adjournment followed a motion filed by the defendant, Mr. Ugwuonye, challenging the N20,000.00 fine earlier slammed on him by the court for refusing to move an earlier motion he filed challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.
He also prayed the court to reinstate the motion, which was earlier struck out, saying his absence in previous court sittings was not deliberate.
Counsel to the Plaintiff, Tony Ogbulafor, told the court that the fresh motion was served on him same morning in the Court hall, but still expressed readiness to address all the issues raised in Ugwuonye’s motion orally, from points of law.
When called upon to formally move the motion in court, Ugwuonye asked for an adjournment to enable him prepare to move his motion, a development that surprised both the plaintiff’s team and observers.
Ogbulafor had earlier told the court that the defendant, Ugwuonye’s conducts were unethical and an abuse of court process, even as he accused him of wasting the time of the court, with a view to delaying the road to justice.
After a heated debate, the presiding Judge, Justice Peter Kekemeke, adjourned the matter to May 18, 2017, amidst protest by Ugwuonye, who argued that the date of next adjournment was too near.
David Aiyedogbon instituted a defamation of character suit against Barrister Ugwuonye for accusing him of having a hand in the sudden disappearance of his estranged wife, Charity Aiyedogbon.
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