The Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja on Monday, dismissed the application filed by the Ondo State House of Assembly to abridge the time for the hearing of its appeal.
The court in a unanimous decision, held that the application lacked merit and dismissed the application.
With this ruling of the Court of Appeal, the parties will follow the due process laid down in the hearing of appeals
The ruling is the sequel to the appeal of the Assembly filed on October 3, 2023, against the orders made by Hon Justice Emeka Nwite of the Abuja Federal High Court on September 26, 2023, against the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
On October 20, 2023, the Assembly filed an application to abridge the time for the respondents to file their briefs. It also filed another application to extend the time to compile and transmit the record of appeal.
When the case came up for hearing on November 3, 2023, the Deputy Governor objected to the application to extend time to compile records on the ground that Rules of the Court do not permit the appellants to extend time on behalf of the court registrar but rather to proceed to compile their own record.
Consequent to this objection, the Assembly withdrew the application.
The appellants also on November 3, 2023, argued their application to abridge time for the respondents to file their briefs of argument.
In opposing the said application, the Deputy Governor pointed out the fact the Assembly’s withdrawal of the earlier application to extend the time to compile the record of appeal has the consequence of taking the appeal to the normal run of events under the rules and thus there is no basis for seeking to abridge time.
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Mohbad’s Autopsy Report Not With Us Yet – Police
The Lagos State Police Command has said the autopsy report of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Aloba aka Mohbad, conducted two months ago has not been given to them.
Today, Tuesday, November 21, 2023, makes it two months since the corpse of the late Mohbad was exhumed and an autopsy commenced to unravel the cause of the death of the singer.
Mohbad’s death on September 12 sparked controversies in Nigeria and beyond which prompted the police to set up an investigative team to determine what led to the singer’s demise.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, had tweeted in September that an “autopsy has been concluded” and the police were “awaiting result.”
In October, the then Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, named prime suspects linked to the death of the singer, where he further disclosed that Mohbad vomited and developed goosebumps after he was injected three times by a nurse, Feyisayo Ogedemgbe, on September 12, 2023.
Some of the suspects were subsequently charged to court.
The state Police Command last Friday, however, released singer Azeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley and Balogun Samson, known as Sam Larry, after the duo met their bail conditions. They were arrested as part of an investigation into Mohbad’s death after videos of assault against the late singer surfaced online.
When asked by one of Punch correspondents on Monday on the release of Mohbad’s autopsy report, Hundeyin disclosed that the command had yet to get the report officially.
Hundeyin said, “The autopsy report has not been given to us. Some people have been carrying rumours that it’s ready. It’s one thing for it to be ready, it’s another thing for it to be given to us officially – that we would receive and sign a copy that we have received it. So, we don’t work with rumours, we work with facts.”
Bella Shmurda, had on Saturday appealed to the police to release the remains of Mohbad.
Taking to his X account late Saturday, Bella expressed concerns over the prolonged delay in the release of Mohbad’s body, which had been held for autopsy for the past two months.
He appealed to the police to expedite the process and release the body to facilitate a dignified funeral arrangement. Additionally, Bella requested the prompt disclosure of the autopsy results.
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