A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri has struck out a suit seeking a restraining order against the appointment of Hon. Justice Ijeoma O. Agugua as the substantive Chief Judge of Imo State.
The matter was struck out by the Court for want of diligent prosecution.
“That this matter shall be struck out under Order 19 Rule 14 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 for want of diligent prosecution.” The Court said.
In addition to striking out the suit, the Court awarded cost against the Defendants, 10 Million Naira cost was awarded in favour of 2nd to 6th Respondents while N300, 000 in favor of the 1st Respondent
“2. The sum of N300, 000.00 is awarded in favour of the 1st Defendant against the Plaintiff
“3. The sum of N10, 000, 000.00 is awarded in favour of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Defendants jointly against the Plaintiff.” The Court held.
Meanwhile, the Court further stated that payment of the awarded cost is a condition precedent to subsequent proceedings in the suit by the Plaintiff.
“That the payment of this cost is conditional to any further act of the Plaintiff in this instant suit.” the court held.
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