A deem in a Divulge High Court docket, Uyo, Thursday, scolded a defence counsel in a suit by which the Akwa Ibom Divulge Governor, Udom Emmanuel, changed into awarded N1.5 billion as damages for libel.
Ekaete Obot, the recount’s Chief Pick, lashed out on the counsel, Inibehe Effiong, who acknowledged the court had breached the Nigerian Constitution in its December 15, 2020 judgment in opposition to his client, Leo Ekpenyong.
A drama ensued because the claimant counsel, Samuel Ikpo, also shouted “take a seat down” at Mr Effiong, who insisted the court can also mute hear him.
“You don’t stand before me and discuss nonsense,” Justice Obot lashed out on the human rights lawyer.
“I’ve been on this facet of the legislation for over 30 years and you don’t advance and educate me the legislation from there.”
Mr Effiong, who informed the court to supply precedence to his application for extension of time, cited the Supreme Court docket location on the topic, “Notwithstanding that preliminary objection is on jurisdiction, provided there is an application before the court for extension of time that application should always be taken first”.
Refusing Mr Effiong’s application, the deem acknowledged, “Preliminary objections are taken first in every proceeding, especially when it touches on jurisdiction. Must you may per chance well per chance well even delight in spoke back to that objection, why are you petrified?”
“Is one thing else the topic with you?” she persevered. “That is the court of legislation and things are carried out per guidelines right here. Sentiments be triumphant in now not overrule that.
“You’re now not on Channels Television, neither are you on Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Television,” she acknowledged.
Governor Emmanuel sued Mr Ekpenyong for defamation of personality over the e-newsletter by which he accused the governor of “procuring judgment” from the 2019 National Meeting Election Tribunal.
The court, in its judgment on December 15, 2020, ordered the defendant to pay N1.5 billion to the governor as frequent damages for libel.
In yet another defamation case between a ragged senator, Effiong Bob, and Mr Ekpenyong, the court had ordered Mr Ekpenyong to pay N150 million as damages to Mr Bob.
Each judgments got on December 15, 2020, by Justice Obot.
Displeased with the judgment, the defendant, by his counsel, Mr Effiong, informed the court to space it apart and grant an extension of time for his client to protect his case.
Counsel to Governor Emmanuel, Mr Ikpo, in a see of preliminary objection, acknowledged the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the prayers of the defendant.
In his application, Mr Effiong informed the court to space apart the two judgments on grounds that it violates his client’s lawful to a glowing hearing.
The lawyer who acknowledged he changed into relying on the licensed staunch copy of judgment told the court that no hearing see changed into issued on his client about the adjournment, which changed into carried out off-document by the court registrar, and now not the deem.
“We’re asserting no hearing see changed into issued on my client. He changed into now not urged about the adjournment which changed into carried out off document, now not by the deem however the registrar,” Mr Effiong acknowledged, describing the earlier judgment of the court as “miscarriage of justice”.
Mr Ikpo, in his preliminary objection, argued that the defendant’s application changed into incompetent, having been introduced outside the three months interval stipulated by the legislation, adding that the court lacks jurisdiction to elongate such time.
The case changed into adjourned to January 12, 2022, for the ruling.
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