By: Abubakar Abba
The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has protested the ongoing abuse of court process to scuttle the 7th Triennial Delegates Conference by Soji Amosun and Ayokunle Ewuoso and therefore sought the intervention of the National Judicial Council, NJC, the National Industrial Court, NIC, to arrest the abuse of court process.
This was contained in statement personally signed by the NUJ incumbent President, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, “it is on record that the applicants (Soji Amosun and Ayokunle Ewuoso) had earlier procured an interim order in Suit No: NICN/LA/310/2021 against the same defendants and with the same set of facts at the Lagos Judicial Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria on the 27th August 2021.
The statement continue, “It is equally important to point out that the same applicants withdrew the matter on the 12th September 2021, and the interim order, which in any case only lasted 14 days, was spent upon that discontinuance.
The statement explained, however, the applicants and their counsel, by their own showing, surprisingly filed the same matter with the same set of facts at the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Ibadan, and on the 30th day of September 2021 and dubiously secured another interim order on the same matter.
The statement further maintained that with this development, it is apparent that the applicants misrepresented and/or concealed and suppressed facts before the court just to secure the subsequent interim injunction, as no Court would grant same in the circumstance.
According to the statement since equity aids the vigilant, the NUJ has equally protested the ongoing abuse of court process by the applicants thus petitioned (i) the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, who doubles as the Chairman of the National Judicial Council, and the (ii) the President of the National Industrial Court, Hon. Justice B.B Kanyip, PhD.
The statement then noted in view of the recent pronouncement of the NJC on forum shopping to stealthily obtain exparte orders of injunction, the NUJ believes strongly that the timely intervention of the Council will arrest the obvious dubious abuse of the court process by the applicants.