November 28, 2022

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Edo: Court docket rejects APC Chairman’s movement difficult N5bn defamation swimsuit 


Justice Vestee Eboreimen of Edo State Excessive courtroom sitting in Benin has dominated that listening to would proceed in a N5 billion defamation swimsuit in opposition to Col. David Imuse (Rtd), the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) within the State.

The Court docket accordingly threw out Imuse (first defendant) counsel oral movement difficult the courtroom’s jurisdiction within the swimsuit.

Nevertheless, Justice Eboreimen held that software for keep of proceedings should first be filed including that, “when an attraction has been validly entered, the applying have to be filed in the fitting format.

“I’ve accordingly dismissed and discountenance the applying of keep of continuing orally moved by Counsel to the primary defendant. I name on the Claimant to proceed together with his case,” he mentioned.

The defendant counsel, Austin Osarenkhoe, had in an software urged the courtroom to remain continuing as a result of he had entered an attraction on the Attraction Court docket.

The defamation swimsuit was filed by Mike Igini, the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State.

Igini is demanding N5 billion as aggravated damages from Imuse (Respondent) for alleged defamation in opposition to him at a press briefing throughout occasions resulting in Edo State 2020 governorship election.

The claimant (Igini) testified in a press release on oath; along with photograph copies of the mentioned libelous publications which had been admitted by the courtroom.

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