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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Court adjourns NGO suit against Health Ministry, FMC MD

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta on Monday adjourned the suit filed by a non governmental organization, All Youths Re-oriented Intiative of Nigeria(AYRION), against the Federal Ministry of Health and Chief Medical Director of Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta ,


The NGO had filed the suit against Professor Abduls-Semiu Adewale Musa, for allegedly bestowing favour on his biological son by granting him leave with pay at the time the son was not entitled to; allegedly using two different declarations of age in public service probably in an attempt to circumvent the law on retirement age, and allegedly in possession of educational certificates with irreconcilable names on his certificates.


At the hearing of the suit on Monday, I.D Izuya appeared for the applicant while F.A Joshua represented the first respondent and Kunle Kalejaye (SAN) appeared for the second respondent.


Counsel to the applicant, Izuya asked the court for an adjournment to enable him file responses to the second respondent's application for conditional appearance.


Counsel to Musa-Olomu had filed an application seeking the approval of the court to grant his client a conditional appearance.


In the application, dated, Monday, September 20, Kalejaye said, "Please cause a conditional appearance to be entered for the second defendant in this suit. The second defendant will be represented by counsel whose names are stated below and whose address for service is stated hereunder."


The presiding judge, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo in her ruling granted the request of the applicant's council.


Justice Oguntoyinbo adjourned the case till Monday 15, November to allow the counsel to the applicant file responses to the second respondent's application.


"Applicant's counsel says he is still within time to reply the second respondent's application. He also says that there are a lot of issues by the processes which is why he is yet to reply.


"The matter will be and therefore adjourned till Monday 15, November 2021 for adoption.


"The matter has been given a two-week adjournment to enable the applicant file necessary responses within seven days and give the respondents another seven days within which to reply if they deem it fit", Justice Oguntoyinbo said.