By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Lagos—A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos has ordered an accelerated hearing in a N500 million naira suit filed by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) against the Nigeria Customs Service over physical assault of Badagry based Journalist, Yomi Olomofe, in the premises of the Seme Area Command of the Nigerian Customs service on June 25, 2015.
Justice AbdulAziz Anka who presided over the case subsequently fixed the matter for January 12, 2017.
In a ruling on an application to re-list the fundamental human rights suit filed against the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs, Comptroller Garba M. Ndalati, Deputy Comptroller Emmanuel Nkemdirim, Assistant Comptroller Ibrahim Nuru Turaki and some cabals allegedly led by one Suleimon Momoh, Sam Madubuike and two others by the NUJ, Justice Anka directed that “the suit must be given accelerated hearing from the next adjourned date on January 12, 2017.”
Justice Anka further ruled that the hearing will commence on the said date on the condition that all costs awarded by the court against the defendants be payed before the said date.
Following the brutal attempt on the life of Olomofe in full public glare by some members of the Seme border smuggling gang, the leadership of the NUJ in a January 2016 press briefing addressed by the national president of the union Mr Waheed Odusile warned that: “the NUJ will no longer take lightly, any act of lawless impunity against any of its members across the country.