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Licence: Court okays Silverbird’s request to join suit

 By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA — A Federal high court sitting in Abuja yesterday okayed a request by Silverbird Communications to join, as an intervener, in a lawsuit filed by the Daar Communications Plc, seeking to void the withdrawal of its network licence by the Federal Government.

The presiding high court judge, Justice Adamu Bello okayed Silverbird’s request yesterday after the Daar Communications Plc and other parties in the suit said they had no objection to its (Silverbird) request.

The network licence, now a subject of litigation, was allegedly withdrawn from Daar Communications by the Federal Government and awarded to Silverbird Communications after a controversial bidding process. Silverbird, now in court, is contending that there was no way the case in court would be decided without the verdict affecting its interest.

Besides, it is claiming that there was no way the issues in contention could be judicially and judiciously resolved without the court hearing from it.

The court also yesterday okayed the request by the Daar Communications to join the Minister of Information and Communication in the suit.

According to one of the lead counsel to Daar Communications in the case, Mr Paul Usoro, SAN, who appeared in the case yesterday, said the decision to join the minister followed the perusal of the National Broadcasting Commission Act which named the minister as the one to be sued in the event there is any need for institution of legal action.


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