Court Refers Lai Mohammed’s Suit Against Metuh To ADR

 Court Refers Lai Mohammed’s Suit Against Metuh To ADR

Lai-Mohammed-APCJustice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja on Wednesday referred the N500 million libel suit filed by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman‎, Olisa Metuh, to mediation court.
Justice Ipaye ordered the suit case file to be taken to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Prompt Administrator to set the ADR in motion.
“Now that pleadings have been closed, seven days from today please head to ADR Centre for mediation of this dispute,” Ipaye ruled.
At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, Mr. U. A. Otahine, the counsel to Metuh, told the court that he filed two applications dated April 25, 2016.
According to him, ‎the defence in the first application is requesting for an extension of time to file the statement of defence and originating processes.
He said the second application is seeking an extension of time to file a counter-affidavit
In his response, counsel to the minister urged the court to set the case for trial.
But the trial judge declined his request and said the matter will go first for arbitration.

LTV

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