Joined as Defendants besides the companies in the suit brought before the Court by the company’s Managing Director, Anacho Innocent Uzomba are the Minister of Finance, Comptroller General of Customs and eight others.
When the case came up for hearing recently, none of the Defendant was represented in the court and no counsel announced appearance on their behalf.
Meanwhile, all the parties involved in the suit have all submitted and adopted their written addresses at the last sitting of the court, but at the resumed hearing of the case recently all the respondents in the suit and their counsels were absent and no reason was tendered before the court for their absence.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Dr. Dickson Osuala told the court that the matter was for continuation of trial and wondered why the defence counsels were not in court and stressed that the parties were in agreement on the new date.
He told the court that he was ready to go on with the trial despite the absence of the defense counsels and that he has replied to the statements of defence of the 1st to the 4th defendant and had also filed additional statement on oath on behalf of the plaintiff.
The plaintiff adopted the amended statement of claim, reply to the 5th Defendants’ statement of defence and its additional statement on oath dated November 16th and filed November 17, 2009 which he tendered before the court.
The court accepted the documents as exhibits and adjourned further hearing on the matter to January 25, 2010 to enable defence counsels go through the documents and respond to them accordingly.
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