N24 Billion Suit: Judge frowns at counsels’ delay, wants accelerated hearing

The Presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Awka, Justice


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N24 Billion Suit: Judge frowns at counsels’ delay, wants accelerated hearing

The Presiding Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria sitting in Awka, Justice J. I. Targema has frowned at the alleged delay by counsels of the five defendants in the case instituted by 235 disengaged workers against Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL and its contracting firms: JOCECO Nigeria Limited, Pat Onosen Nigeria Enterprises, Sanco Calaya JV Nigeria Limited and Hensteel Engr. & Construction Services Limited.

 

The disengaged workers who are praying the court to compel Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL and its four contracting firms to pay them damage of N100 million each, totaling N23.5 billion, were purportedly employed by Chevron and handed over to the company’s contracting firms.

Justice J. I. Targema after listening to the claimants’ counsel, David Jarikre, Esq and three of the defense counsels, Thursday May 10, urged the counsels to make use of available digital communication channels to fast-track their filing of service and motions.  

The case has been fixed for hearing on June 5 and 28, 2018, due to pending motion filed by counsel to the second defendant, Pat Onosen Nigeria Enterprises, requesting for extension of time to enable him file defense for the case which have been before the court  for the past three years.   

 

Our Senior Correspondent reports that the claimants’ counsel, Chief Victor Otomiewo, Esq, who was represented by David Jarikre assured that they will address the motion raised adequately before the next court sitting.

 

 


Celestine Chijoke Ukah
Senior Correspondent of Fresh Angle International. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and have undertaken a training in Advance Writing and Reportorial Skills
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