Lagos Judicial Panel Adjourns Lekki Tollgate Petition Indefinitely

The Lagos State judicial panel on restitution for victims of SARS related abuses and other matters sitting in Lagos today Tuesday 27th of July, 2021 adjourned sine die, the petition of Victoria Oniru & others vs the Nigeria Army.

Earlier, the petitioners counsel Adeshina Ogunlana had informed the panel that he was no longer calling any witness, that the testimonies of his witnesses called would suffice for his case. In response Mr. Olukayode Enitan (SAN) counsel for Lagos State government applied for the matter to be adjourned sine die pending the conclusion of hearing into the Lekki tollgate incident and his position was aligned with by Mr. Rotimi Seriki counsel of Lekki Concessionary company and Mr. J. I. Ebhosereme counsel of the Nigeria police force.

Ruling on the matter, the panel adjourned the petition sine die

Two other petitions were mentioned but couldn’t go ahead as a result of the absence of the medical doctor from Victoria Island Consultancy and Hospital Services Limited Dr. Eperokun who was unavailable to produce case notes and other materials requested by the panel in the case of Stanley Nathan Chimezie and others vs the Nigeria Army. The petitioners counsel Adeshina Ogunlana then in view of the prevailing circumstances, applied for the matter to be adjourned and it was not opposed.

In it’s ruling, the panel adjourned the matter to 31st July 2021 for further hearing. Same date of adjournment was also the lot in the case of the family of late Mrs Francisca Chizobam Agu vs the Nigeria Army due to the absence of the petitioner and the counsel. The NBA counsel A. C. Eze who stood in for the absent petitioner counsel applied for an adjournment for the last for the sake of justice since the matter was coming up for the third time in which the petitioner has been absent on all occasions.

The panel granted the application and adjourned the matter to 31st of July 2021.

The panel sitting continues.

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