By Ikhili EbaluEdo State High Court sitting in Benin City has adjourned to May 6, 2021, the case between His Royal Highness, Owenvbiugie Jason Akenzua, the Enogie of Ologbo Community and Chief Johnson Atseleghe, the Iyatsere of Warri.
The case which came up on Friday in Benin High Court 4 with suit no B/ 294/2020 was adjourned when some parties applied to be joined in the suit.
The presiding Judge, Justice D .I . Okugbowa after listening to the defense Counsel application for party seeking to be joined as co defendants and after consultations with other counsels adjourned the case to 6th, May, 2021 for hearing.
The parties seeking to be joined in the suit are, Ikaye Descendants of Ologbo, Kolokolo Community, Ajatiton Community, Aja-Oko Community, Ologbo Community Trust, Ikara Community and Ajamoghan Community.
HRH Owenvbiugie Jason Akenzua, the Enogie of Ologbo has gone to court to restrain Johnson Atseleghe, the Iyatsere of Warri from running a parallel traditional institution in Ologbo Dukedom and for allegedly usurping the powers of the Enogie, harrasing the community people and collecting dues from companies meant for the Enogie.
Speaking with newsmen after the adjournment, Counsel to the Plaintiff, Barrister Chris Otasowie, said “we look at their application seeking to be joined in the suit by some parties. Some part of their plea shows issues involved in this matter.
“They are communities within Ologbo claiming that they have stakes within the community, with that it will be better to join them so that when Court is giving judgment it will embrace all lingering issues within the community”.
Otasowie added that, “Their coming in, will not jeopardise the case as the court rules have time frame. The whole game is govern by rules. It is not at the discretion of any of the party, there are procedure in conducting a matter, in as much the court will allow them come in, the rules of the court states the time to file. Our subsmission is (to ensure) that the rules of the games are followed”.