The long-drawn legal battle between Apostle Johnson Suleman and co-publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore may be inching closer to a terminus, according to a report by Cross Fire.
In the report, Cross Fire, said the matter came up for hearing recently at the Lagos state high court, Ikeja and that in a dramatic twist, Festus Keyamo, SAN, counsel to Sowore, announced that he was withdrawing from being counsel to the defendant, Sowore.
Keyamo had reportedly announced his withdrawal after losing the preliminary objection that he sought.
Keyamo, as counsel to Sowore, told the court that he was dumping the online publisher by withdrawing his legal services as a counsel in the pending lawsuit instituted by Apostle Johnson Suleman against Sowore at the Lagos state high court, Ikeja judicial division.
Apostle Suleman had sued Sowore for libel, seeking payment of damages to the tune of one billion naira.
According to Suleman in his statement on oath, the online publisher-turned-politician published libelous materials against him in March 2017.
The said defamatory publication was given wide circulation, in order to injure the reputation of the renowned cleric, the report indicated.
The matter, which is pending before Justice Lawal Akapo, has witnessed several twists and turns.
Only recently Keyamo filed a motion of preliminary objection asking the court to strike out the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
He claimed that Apostle Suleman sued Sowore instead of Sahara reporters.
However, Osa Director Esq counsel to the claimant averred that his client, Apostle Suleman is at liberty to sue either Sowore or Sahara reporters, or both parties jointly.
He, therefore, prayed the judge to dismiss the application with substantial cost awarded against the defendant, Sowore, as he described the application as frivolous, lacking in merit, and a calculated attempt to waste the precious time of the court.
In his ruling, Justice Akapo dismissed the preliminary objection and awarded a cost of Twenty Five Thousand Naira against the defendant.
After the ruling, which was described by Osa Director Esq., as delivered with the clinical efficiency of a legal surgeon, Keyamo tendered a letter before his Lordship, Justice Akapo seeking to withdraw his legal services to Sowore forthwith in the matter.
According to Cross Fire, it was unclear why Keyamo threw in the towel.
Meanwhile, the trial of the matter has been set for June 2022.
For now, Apostle Suleman is deserving of his long-awaited victory in round one of the suit. (Crossfireng.com)