A High Court sitting in Lokoja has granted an interim injunction restraining the State Government from installing Mr Simeon Ujah as the new Eje of Olamaboro in Olamaboro Local Government of the state.
The trial judge, Justice Henry Olusiyi of High Court II, gave the Enrolled Order in Lokoja also restrained Ujah from parading himself as the Eje of Olamaboro pending the determination of the substantive suit challenging his appointment.
In a Motion Exparte filed before the court by his counsel, Realwan Okpanachi Esq., the Plaintiff/Applicant, Chief James Akor, a traditional title holder of 3rd class status, challenged the appointment of Ujah by the state government.
He therefore, sought an order of interim injunction restraining the 1st Defendant (Ujah) from parading or further parading himself as the Eje of Olamaboro pending the hearing and determination of the pending Motion on Notice.
He also urged the court to restrain the 2nd Defendant (Kogi State Government) from installing the 1st Defendant as the Eje of Olamaboro pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
The suit has Simeon Sani Ujah, Kogi State Government, Attorney General of Kogi State, Igala Area Traditional Council, Olamaboro Local Government Traditional Council as defendants/respondents.
Olusiyi in his enrolled order held that the claimant/applicant had clearly made out a good case for his application to succeeded and be granted.
He ruled that the sole issue for determination was resolved in favour of the claimant/applicant saying, “Motion Exparte succeeds and it is allowed wholesale.”
The Jurist however placed a clause that the claimant/applicant should indemnify the defendants in damages if it turned out that the application ought not to have been made in the first place.
Simeon Sani Ujah, Kogi State Government, Attorney General of Kogi State, Igala Area Traditional Council, Olamaboro Local Government Traditional Council as defendants/respondents.
In a 14-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion and deposed to by the claimant, Akor said that he contested the stool of Eje Olamaboro with the 1st Defendant/Respondent and was nominated by the people of Ogugu District and Olamoboro Local Government.
He said that there was palpable fear, tension and apprehension in Olamaboro as a result of the 2nd defendant’s appointment of the 1st Defendant, his continuous parading of himself as Eje of Olamaboro and the planned installation against the people’s wish.
Olusiyi adjourned to October 3, for hearing of the Motion on Notice.