Defamation: Defendant dumps Court 10 for driving away journalists in Kaduna

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Former military administrator of Niger State, immediate past ACF chief scribe, Colonel John P. Ubah (rtd), standing trial on charges bothering on defamation of character in High Court sitting in Kaduna judicial division has dumped Court 10 for 13 for driving journalists away from the court chamber during sitting.

“You will recall that I called the case to be taken from Court 10, Kaduna High Court, because I thought the Judge has personal interest in the case the way he drove journalists away from the court chamber,” he said.

The Ex-Milad of Niger State, who was dragged to court by one Mr. Lawrence Enyesiobi through his Counsel, Barrister Chris A. Ekhasemohe, of Ekhasemohe & Co. on allegation of defamation of character, said even though he is comfortable with all the courts, including current Court 13, it all depends on how the judge handled the matter.

The defendant, who disclosed these Wednesday in an interview with journalists at the end of the sitting in Kaduna, also told journalists that he earlier took Mr. Enyesiobi (Plaintiff) to court in 2002 on a case of trespass on his land.

The ex-service man, who had no legal representation in court after sacking his counsel ‘for lack of confidence,’ alleged that due to unnecessary adjournment and delay, his case lasted for 14 good years in Court 12 in Kaduna without judgment delivered.

Ubah said Enyesiobi later took him to court for reporting him to the DSS and anti-corruption commission over a statement he (Enyesiobi) made when he reported him officially to the Igbo community leader in Kaduna, 14 years back, over the trespass.

“I wrote complaint letter against plaintiff to Igbo community leader, Igwe, Ehejiahi. After showing him the letter, Enyesiobi did not deny the allegations raised; instead, he bragged that he will drag the matter – ‘Igwe, if its money, we will drag the matter,’ bragged in broken.

“The late Igwe told me this; and such person of that age could not have lied to me. It was then I immediately took the matter to court,” he stated.

He said, it was on account of the statement Enyesiobi made, in broken English, which connote corruption, for bragging to use money to pursue court case, that prompted him to report the matter to DSS and EFCC, in view of current Buhari-led anti-corruption crusade taken so serious.

He said, consequent upon the report to Anti-corruption, he was sued for ‘defamation’ as managing director and CEO of Nn’Adgwu Petroleum Limited.

According him, all efforts made to resolve the matter through his senior colleague, Emir of Zuru, through his younger brother who was his senator in army failed. The case, due to ill health of the presiding judge, Justice DH Kobo, was rescheduled to 24th of October, 2017.

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