13 March 2019

Nigeria: Alleged NUJ/Nawoj Housing Fraud - ADR Hearing Shifted to April 11

The case between some Lagos journalists and other claimants versus Prince Tunji Ogunwusi's Primewaterview Holdings, the National Union of Women Journalists' National President, Ifeyinwa Omowole; Deji Elumoye, Tosin Odusola and the Nigeria Union of Journalists, slated for today, March 13, at the Igbosere, Lagos, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre has been postponed till April 11, 2019.

The case was meant to hold at the centre with Mrs Dupe Ogunsanwo as the mediator.

At the last sitting, Mrs Ogunsanwo had urged all interested parties to appear at the sitting today in their own interest in order to find an amicable resolution to the case. But the lawyers had asked for an adjournment.

Of the six defendants, only the NUJ was present at the last meeting, while the duo of Omowole and Elumoye were represented by Yinka Kalejaye, with no one from Primewaterviews Holdings of Tunji Ogunwusi, under whose chairmanship the project began.

Mrs Ogunsanwo advised that the presence of the key individuals involved in the matter was important. Kalejaye claimed that Ifeyinwa and Deji could not appear in person because they were working in Abuja.

The mediator had advised it would be in their interest to appear in person today, regarding the case filed by the Oluyinka Olujimi Chambers.

Lawyer to the petitioners, Oladimeji Olowu of Oluyinka Olujimi Chambers, also reiterated the need for the respondents to appear in person if the case must be settled as soon as possible, and also for the affected journalists to find time to be in court for good reportage of the proceedings.


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