A Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja Lagos State has been asked to decline jurisdiction to entertain the suit filed by the suspended Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikorodu Branch Chairman Mr. Adebayo Akinlade.
The above prayer is contained in a Preliminary Objection filed by the 2nd Defendant in the suit, Mr. Ogbaide who asked the court to decline jurisdiction on the ground that the suit was not filed in the state where the breach of the Claimant’s fundamental right to fair hearing was alleged to have occurred as stipulated by the Fundamental Enforcement Procedure Rules, 2009.
Mr. Akinlade was suspended by the NEC at its 2nd quarterly meeting held on 28th March, 2019 and in his stead appointed Mr. Ezekiel Ogbaide to act as the Chairman pending the resolution of Mr. Akinlade’s issues with the NBA.
Dissatisfied with his suspension, he filed an action against the NBA and Mr. Ogbaide as 1st and 2nd Defendants respectively. He also filed and obtained an ex parte application urging the Court to restrain NBA from preventing him from performing his function as the Chairman of the Branch.
The suit is presently before Honourable Justice Candide-Johnson.
The NBA has also filed its defence in the suit where in the Claimant’s claim was described as frivolous and lacking in merit.
NBA is being represented in the suit by the firm of Tayo Oyetibo and Co while the 2nd Defendant, Mr. Ogbaide is represented by Aluko and Oyebode.
Femi Falana SAN filed the suit on behalf of Mr. Akinlade.
Mr. Ogbaide’s PO