Hearing in 36 governors’ $418m debt suit stalled
Justice Inyang Ekwo adjourned the hearing in the suit until Feb. 15, 2022, after counselling to the plaintiffs, S.A. Ameh, SAN, informed him that some of the defence lawyers had just served fresh processes on him and will need time to respond.
Ameh said the applications were filed by the defendants on Monday and served on him just today (Tuesday).
The senior lawyer acknowledged that the court had, in the last sitting, adjourned to take all pending applications, including the preliminary objections and substantive matter in the suit.
He said the action of some of the defendants had made it impossible for them to proceed in the matter, though they were ready for the hearing.
He urged the court to adjourn the matter at the instance of the affected defendants (I.e 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 14th defendants) to enable him file their responses in line with the law.
Justice Ekwo then adjourned to hear pending applications upon consensus by counsel to the parties.