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S/Court Angry With Kogi Over Disputed Ohinoyi Stool

The Supreme Court yesterday expressed anger with Kogi State Government over the shoddy manner in which government filed its appeal case in the disputed Ohinoyi of Ebira land stool.

The faulty categorization of list of appellant and numbers on the processes filed at the registry of the apex court stalled the hearing of the case.

At the resumption of the case yesterday, Mr J.O Olorunbogun from Kogi State Ministry of Justice had announced his appearance for the Kogi State Government and the Attorney General of the State as appellants and respondents at the same time to the dismay of the court.

The contradiction in the numbers on the processes given the case at the registry also caused confusion which the Justices of the apex court could not immediately resolve.

Attempt by counsel that the court should help them give appropriate numbers to the case and proper designation to the appellants in the suit was rejected.

Justice Mahmoud Mohammed referred parties in the case back to the court registry to get appropriate numbers, and proper designation for appellants in the case so as not cause confusion in the final judgment.

Justice Mohammed told the lawyers that it was not the duty of the Justices to give numbers to cases to identify them but the registry.

He said that the number was germane to any case that it must not toyed with in order to have an enforceable judgment.

The case was adjourned till March 4 next year for hearing.

The Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim sued by six prominent Ebira Community leaders for wrongful appointment as paramount ruler of Ebiraland had in April 2, 2006 been dethroned by a Kogi State High Court that sat in Anyingba.

His appointment by the state government on June 2, 2007 was declared illegal and fraudulent by Justice S.T Hussein on the ground that it was done in breach of the Ebira Chieftaincy laws.

The decision of the state high court was on December 12, 2009 upheld by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The embattled monarch then moved to Supreme Court to plead for stay execution of the judgment of the two courts and also canvassed for settling aside of the verdicts.

Kogi State government however introduced a new twist into the case when it applied and got an order of the court to file its own appeal separately.

There were however contradictions in the numbers on the processes filed and improper list of appellants.

Respondents in the appeal case are Alhaji Momoh Jimoh Ibrahim Ohida, Alhaji Ahmadu Anivbassa, Alhaji Maigida U. Lawal, Alhaji Isa Sani Omolori, Engineer Idris Seriki and Comrade Nwaha Momoh Sanni.

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