Court suspends proceeding for Counsel’s illness

By Ado Hassan, Sokoto

THE Presiding Judge of  the Sokoto State High Court, Justice Bello Abbas on Tuesday  suspended court sitting for minutes to  allow Counsel to the second defendant, Barrister S.E King to relief from sickness  during the court proceedings.

The counsel in the course of proceeding at the Court sitting fell sick and requested permission of the Court and walked out with of the court with incessant cough.

However, King returned to the Court with the presiding Judge asking if he was fit for he proceeding to allow Counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Muhammad Adeleke continue with the cross examination of the second defendant in the N50 million suit filed by a former Chairman of Sokoto State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Labaran Lumo Dundaje against the Leadership  Group Limited and the State Correspondent of the Leadership Hausa, Shariffideen  Sidi Dogon Daji.

While cross examining the second defendant, Adeleke presented series of exhibits as witness to buttress his points on the allege claimed by the second defendant purported article to tarnish the good image and reputations of the plaintiff.

The second defendant confessed to the court that he appeared before the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), ethnics and disciplinary committee who took decision against him after received complain from the plaintiff, which among was a one year suspension from the NUJ membership.

He further testified, admitting that he did the publications presented by the counsel to the plaintiff before the court as an exhibit.

However, it took the plaintiff Counsel over 3hours examining  the second defendant in defence of his client after which he closed the cross examinations of the second defendant.

The presiding judge, therefore, adjourned the case till 18th of this month for the defence Counsels to present their witness.

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