<<< By David Mzer >>>
A Makurdi High Court presided by Justice Theresa Igoche today fixed August 15, 2018, to rule on an application seeking to extend the interim injunction restraining the impeached Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Terkimbi Ikyange, his Deputy, James Okefe and former majority leader, Benjamin Adanyi from parading themselves as principal officers.
When the case came up, counsel to the impeached Speaker and other defendants, Mamman Mike Osuman, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who appeared with 21 others, raised a motion of preliminary objection on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit.
Counsel to Governor Samuel Ortom and 24 others, Sebastine Hon, SAN, who appeared alongside Edward Ashiekaa and other lawyers, argued that they were served the notice of the preliminary objection the previous day and that he had days to respond.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Igoche agreed with the submission of Hon, maintaining that since the plaintiff counsel’s notice of objection was a day before, he had up to seven days to respond.
She therefore adjourned the case to the 15th of August, 2018 for hearing of the preliminary objections on the matter.