A former military administrator of Kebbi state, Col. John Ubah (rtd) has alleged that the case instituted against him at Kaduna High Court was being deliberately adjourned due to media presence.
Speaking at the court premises yesterday when hearing on the case was supposed to commence, Ubah said he was dismayed when he arrived at the court and met it under lock and key on the date fixed for the matter without any prior notice that the case would not continue.
Ubah, who was former Secretary General of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), said the case had dragged on for over 15 years from Court 10 where it started, to Court 13 where it presently is being heard before Justice Dahiru Kobo.
“They want to evade the involvement of the press, and that is why they keep adjourning the case. Today we are here again and they say the trial judge is on recess. I cannot do away with the press,” he said.
Asked if he would be open to alternative dispute resolution on the suit, he said, “as a former governor, former Arewa Consultative Forum Secretary and presently in the committee on the position of Northern Nigeria on restructuring, I know what I want; that is why I don’t have
a counsel, but representing myself. If they propose an alternative dispute resolution that is agreeable to me, I certainly will agree.”
Also speaking when fielding questions from newsmen, counsel to the plaintiff, Chief Chris A. Ekhasemomhe, absolved the judge over the adjournments.
“The judges were on six-week vacation from August to September. The judge has the right to enjoy another break. He will be resuming on December 8, 2017 which is on a Friday and the matter has been adjourned to December 14,” he announced.
The initial case between Mr. Lawrence Enyesiobi (defendant) and Col. Ubah (plaintiff) which bordered around land ownership lingered in court for 14 years, before the new suit on defamation of character No. KDH/KAD/202/2017 was filed before Kaduna State High Court, with Col. Ubah becoming the defendant having written a petition against Enyesiobi.