A suit filed by Incorporated Trustees of Alaigbo Development Foundation against the National Judicial Council, Federal Judicial Service Commission, NJC, and President of the Court of Appeal, yesterday suffered a setback as it was further adjourned to June 23, for hearing.
Other respondents in the suit are the Federal Character Commission (FCC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
By the suit, the Igbo group is challenging the alleged lopsidedness in the recent appointment of Appeal Court Justices in the county.
The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, of the Federal High Court, Abuja, shifted the matter to June 23.
At a resumed sitting, counsel to the plaintiff, Max Ozoaka, informed the court that he had served hearing notices on the defendants in accordance with the earlier court order.
However, Ozoaka stated that the defendants had just served him with their counter affidavits two days ago and that he would need time to respond.
Reacting, Paul Usoro (SAN), who appeared for the NJC, and counsel to 2nd and 3rd defendants, Yakubu. C. Maikyau, SAN, blamed the delay in filing their responses on the strike action.
Ruling, Justice Ekwo, ordered parties to put their house in order, before the next adjourned date of June 23.
The plaintiff, in an originating summons marked FHC/ABJ/CS/347/21, dated March 15, is urging the court to restrain the defendants from continuing the exercise pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
The group is also seeking an order compelling the defendants to replace the three vacancies in the South East slots by three new Justices from the zone.