Court to hear application challenging jurisdiction in 200bn libel suit March 24



A High Court in Ibadan fixed March 24 hear an application challenging the court’s jurisdiction hear a 200 billion libel suit instituted by Awujale Ijebu Kingdom, Oba Sikiru Adetona against Dr Yinka Ayefele.

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that Adetona sued the Chaiman Fresh FM and Gospel Musicial, Ayefele, over a live radio programme aired in the station in 2019.

He alleged that Awujale was responsible for non-survival companies in Ijebuland as a result curse placed in the town years back.

Justice Mashud Abas, fixed the date and also granted the application for extension of for the respondent’s counsel enter appearance and filed statement of defence

Abas also set aside the earlier court ruling down the case for hearing.

The judge adjourned the case untill March 24 for hearing in the application challenging the court’s jurisdiction.

Earlier, Ayefele’s counsel, Yomi Alliyu, SAN, informed the court of his two applications filed and dated March 12 and served the claimant March 16.

Alliyu said the first application was an application for extension of for him file his memorandum of appearance and statement of defence.

He also prayed the court to set aside earlier ruling down the case for hearing.

Alliyu further informed the court second application challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

In his response, the claimant’s counsel, Olatunji Onalaja, SAN, told the court that he was not opposed to the application of the respondent to enter appearance and filed statement of defence.

Onalaja said the two applications were served him and to respond to the second application challenging the court’s jurisdiction. (NAN)