Kaduna IPMAN Crisis: Court Adjourns Case To January 29, 2018 ‎

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By; MOHAMMED IBRAHIM, Kaduna‎

Federal High Court of Nigeria sitting in Kaduna has adjourned a case between the appointed Caretaker Committee of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) of Kaduna Depot and purported Elected Exco of IPMAN till 29thday of January 2018 for hearing.

The case with suit No: FHC/KD/CS/98/2017  was Adjourned by the presiding Judge, Justice Emeka Nwite,Upon hearing the prayers of the plaintiff.

The prayers of the plaintiffs are: “that the court should permit the service of Alh. Bala Usman of HIMSHAT PETROLEUM LIMITED and Mr. Solomon Ehizogie of Sharon Petroleum Limited by substituted means to wit; by pasting form 48 on a conspicuous part portion of the building within the filling station of the said companies.

  “That the court should deem the said substituted service as good and proper service, and that the court should consider just and appropriate in the circumstances of the case.‎

The judge hereby ordered that the plaintiff is hereby permit the service of Form 48 issued in the suit on Alh. Bala Usman of HIMSHAT PETROLEUM LIMITED and Mr. Solomon Ehizogie of Sharon Petroleum.

According to judge, “ the proof of service of the said order good and proper service and that the return date shall be the 29th day of January 2018 for the Motion of contempt for parties to file pleadings”.‎
 
It could be recalled that 27 October 2017 the Federal High Court  ordered that the caretaker committee which was in place before the conduct of both elections be maintained.

Justice Emeka was quoted saying “ I hereby make an order directing the parties herein to maintain the status quo prior to 21st day of October 2017 pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice,” Justice Nwite ordered.

In the suit filed between Registered Trustees of IPMAN, Alhaji Abdulfatah Murtala and Alhaji Musa Sani as first second and third plaintiffs respectively, and 15 others as defendants, who held parallel elections at two different locations within Kaduna metropolis with no FHC/KD/CS/98/2017, an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants was handed out.

“An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st to 6th defendants and 7th to 12th defendants, their agents, privies or assigned or anyone else by whatever name called from parading themselves as members of the executive committee of the 1st plaintiff, Kaduna Depot sequel to the alleged elections conducted on the 21st October, 2017 at two different venues pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed,” the document stated.‎

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