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The Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu yesterday dismissed the preliminary objections brought before it by the Chairman of Innoson Motors, Chief Innocent Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Ltd. 

Innoson arguing through his counsel, Prof. McCarthy Mbadugha had at the last hearing of the matter on June 14, 2018 raised objections to a motion brought before the court by GTBank seeking to amend its notice of appeal before the court.

Delivering ruling yesterday, Justice Ogunwumiju held that, the court would be in serious error if it decides to wait and hear Innoson Motors preliminary objection. 

“There is no doubt that the application for amendment of the notice of appeal will, if successful, give the appeal a chance of being considered and disposed-off on the merit rather than on technicalities. It is implicit in the constitutional rights of fair hearing that parties in a case be accorded every reasonable opportunity of being heard, and that extends to the right to amend their processes and place before the court all the issues they may wish to canvass to enable the court reach a fair and just conclusion”.

Ogunwumiju also ruled that, “The fact that the respondent counsel raised objections to some of the grounds of appeal is not a bar that can deprive the appellant of the right to amend his notice of appeal. 

The respondent has not argued that the notice of appeal that the appellant is seeking to amend is fundamentally defective. He has failed to identify any substantial or legally acceptable reason to support the objection.

There is no limitation of time to amend a notice of appeal, the objection by Innoson is not only frivolous but is vexatious and hereby dismissed”, she ruled.

Concluding her ruling, Justice Ogunwumiju noted that “this court had at an earlier adjourned date observed that it found it strange that Innoson, a judgment creditor will be employing all manner of tactics to delay the hearing of the substantive appeal entered in this court as far back as 2013”.

“I see no reason to refuse the appellant’s (GTBank) request to amend its notice of appeal”.

“Everyone in this judicial drama knows that the substantive appeal must be decided in this court and no matter how much time is wasted, the Supreme Court can only hear the substantive matter after it has been decided in this court”.

“Without any disrespect to whatever legal gymnastics being displayed by the 1st to 4th Respondents’ (Innoson) Counsel, these are the types of practices that give the administration of Justice a bad name considering that this case involves money and has been hanging in this court since 2013”.

“Considering all the reasons and circumstances set out above, I hold that it is in the interest of Justice that the appellants application be granted in terms of the following orders:

• Leave is granted to the Appellant (GTBank) to raise new issues in this appeal,

• Leave is granted to the Appellant (GTBank) to amend its notice of appeal in terms of the particulars and specifics highlighted in its supporting Affidavit

• The amended notice of appeal which has already been filed and served is properly filed and served

• Leave is granted the Appellant (GTBank) to amend its brief of argument to reflect the reliefs granted.

 

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Father Of Two Kids Found Dead Inside Freezer With Dog Arrested, Transferred To State CID

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Micheal Edeh, the father to the two children who were found dead in a freezer at Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu, has been transferred to the Central Investigation Department (CID) Panti, Yaba, Lagos State.

Also found dead in the freezer was a dog.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Chike Oti, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that Edeh, who is now a suspect, was transferred to CID for further interrogation to ascertain the real cause of the children’s death.

“I have confirmed the matter and the CP directed that the father of the deceased be brought to notice to know his ulterior motive or whether it is an act of negligence,” Oti said.

The incident happened on Sunday, Nov. 11.

A neighbour had told NAN that the children, Emmanuel Edeh, seven years and Darasimi Edeh, female, four years and their father, Mr Michael Edeh, were at home on the day of the incident.

“On Sunday afternoon, we were alerted by their father who emerged from within the house asking about the whereabouts of his children.

“We were surprised because their father is always at home with the kids when their mother goes about her trading.

“So, when their father came asking us (neighbours) about where his children were, we all began to search the neighbourhood for them, but could not find them,’’ the source, said.

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60 million Nigerians Suffering From Mental Disorder —- Min. Of Health

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The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Abdulaziz Mashi Abdullahi, has reaffirmed the commitment of the Federal Government towards reducing cases of mental disorder in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary, who was represented by his Senior Technical Assistant, Mfon Bassey, made this statement during the opening ceremony of Mental Health Action Committee and Stakeholders Workshop held in Abuja.

Abdullahi said the country’s high burden of mental disorders was due to the inadequate attention paid to mental illnesses, misconceptions and lack of awareness on the part of the Nigeria public.

He regretted that more people would be disabled by psychological challenges than complications arising from HIV/AIDS, heart disease, accidents and wars combined by the year 2020.

He further said that in Nigeria, “an estimated 20 percent to 30 percent of our populations are believed to suffer from mental disorders.

“This is a very significant number considering Nigeria with an estimated population of over 200 million.

“Unfortunately, the attention given to mental health disorders in Nigeria is inadequate.

“A policy for mental health services delivery was developed with several key provisions of the policy, including establishing a body at the Federal Ministry of Health to focus on mental health issues.”

Abdullahi noted that some of the pertinent issues to be considered by the policy were: how to dialogue with stakeholders on the burden of mental health, intimate them on the Mental Health policy, identify ways to fast-track the enactment of the Mental Health as well as the resuscitation of the National Mental Health Action Committee for the coordination of stakeholders’ activities on mental health and psychosocial supports in Nigeria.

In her welcome address, the Director, Public Health, Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Evelyn Ngige, represented by the National Coordinator, Non-Communicable Diseases, Dr. Nnenna Ezeigwe, appreciated the Mental Health Action Committee, World Health Organisation and Developmental Partners for their commitment and support.

In his remarks, Dr. Alex Mpazange ,WHO Lead on Communicable and Non- Communicable Diseases Intervention, also lamented Nigeria’ s high mental health disorders, saying: “People with severe mental disorders – moderate to severe depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders – generally have a life-expectancy 10 to 20 years shorter than general population.”

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ADVERT: Make Payments On UBA PoS And Win Big

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In a bid to further encourage payments on its Point of Sale Terminal (PoS) terminals , Pan African Financial services group, United Bank for Africa(UBA) has announced that it will be rewarding 25 lucky customers with N100,000 each, when they make payments with their UBA cards on UBA POS terminals at any merchant location.

The promo which is scheduled to run till December 31, 2018, will see a total of 25 people become N100,000 richer, just by paying on UBA POS terminals at any merchant location across Nigeria. After repeated use, the customers will be automatically enlisted for the draw when the total sum of payments they have made on UBA POS terminals exceeds N50,000. A total of N2.5 million is up for grabs.

Speaking during the launch of the promo, Group Head, Cards, Dr Yinka Adedeji, explained that the Promo is in line with the bank’s initiatives of rewarding customers, loyal to the bank. “We believe it is time we rewarded our customers who have been very loyal over the years. Without them, we probably would not have made the giant strides attained all over the years and in recent times’.

According to him, “Because customers are at the heart of what we do, we remain committed to consistently improving customer service and delighting our loyal customers as we help them grow.”

UBA is one of Africa’s leading banks with operations in 20 African countries and in London and New York, with the presence in Paris.

Adjudged to be at the forefront of innovation and convenient banking, UBA is one of the first financial services institutions on the continent to deploy Finacle 10x, a new information technology platform that boosts its services and electronic banking channels.

Today, UBA provides banking services to more than 15 million customers globally, through diverse channels and over a thousand touch points.

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