Posted by News Express | 13 March 2019 | 540 times
The case between some Lagos journalists and other claimants versus Prince Tunji Ogunwusi’s Primewaterview Holdings; the National President of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ifeyinwa Omowole; Deji Elumoye; Tosin Odusola and the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) which had earlier been scheduled for hearing today, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Lagos Multidoor ADR, Igbosere-Lagos, has been shifted to April 11, 2019, on the request of the journalists’ lawyer.
During the last sitting, the mediator, Mrs. Dupe Ogunsanwo, had urged all interested parties to appear at the sitting in their own interests in order to find amicable resolution to the case.
At the last sitting, out of the six defendants, only the NUJ was present while the duo of Omowole and Elumoye were represented by Yinka Kalejaye with no one from Tunji Ogunwusi of Primewaterviews Holdings, under whose chairmanship the project began.
The mediator advised that the presence of the key individuals involved was very important. However, Kalejaye claimed that Mrs. Omowole and Mr. Elumoye would not be able to appear in person because they are now working in Abuja.
Mrs. Ogunsanwo strongly advised that it will be in their own interest to appear in person on March 13, 2019, regarding the case filed by the Oluyinka Olujimi Chambers.
Lawyer to the petitioners, Oladimeji Olowu of Oluyinka Olujimi Chambers, also reiterated the need for respondents to appear in person if the case must be settled as soon as possible and also for the affected journalists to find time to be in court for good reportage of the proceedings.
It will be noted that the lawyer to Primewaterview Holdings who chose the date for the last hearing did not show up too.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the NUJ at its inaugural meeting held in Abuja, directed that every legal steps should be taken to recover the money not accounted for out of the several millions paid to the Primewaterview Holdings Limited in five installments between July 2016 and April 2017, and returned to the subscribers.
Also, the union’s NEC directed that the Lagos State Council must take steps to verify the N4million returned from the conversion of the said “expired dollars” claimed by Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, which they are yet to do.
NEC however deferred any sanction on erring members pending the outcome of the case before EFCC.
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