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Court dismisses suit challenging FMC MD’s appointment in Ogun

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday dismissed a suit challenging the re-appointment of Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu as the Medical Director…

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Thursday dismissed a suit challenging the re-appointment of Prof Adewale Musa-Olomu as the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Idiaba, Abeokuta.

The suit marked FHC/AB/CS/100/21 was filed by a non-governmental organisation, All Youths Reoriented Initiative of Nigeria.

The NGO had through an originating summon filed on August 31 sought for an order restraining the Federal Ministry of Health not to appoint or recommend Musa-Olomu for appointment as MD on alleged abuse of office, overage and discrepancies in his names.

In his preliminary objection to the suit, Musa-Olomu through his counsel, Kunle Kalejaye (SAN), had insisted that the NGO lacked requisite locus standi to institute the action as it was premature, speculative, theoretical and academic.

He argued that the suit constituted an abuse of court processes and that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

In her 30 page judgement, Justice O.O. Oguntoyinbo dismissed the suit in its entirety.

The court held that the applicant was bereft of locus standi to institute the action and that the case was “based on speculations and conjectures and that no reasonable cause of action or interest was disclosed by the applicant.”

She however awarded the cost of N100,000 against the plaintiff.

Kalejaiye applauded the judgment, describing it as a “triumph of truth over falsehood.”