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Tribunal adjourns Bayelsa census case

22 October 2012, 16:04

Bayelsa - The Census Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Monday adjourned to Nov. 8,  for definite hearing, a case filed by the Attorney-General of Bayelsa and others against the National Population Commission (NPC).

The Bayelsa State Government had, in the case, objected to the census figures provided for some of its Local Government Areas by the NPC after the 2006 national head count.

Mrs Miannaya, a member of Tribunal `A’ , who stood in for the tribunal chairman, gave the adjournment based on application by the respondent Counsel, Mr Obina Chukwu, for extension of time to enable him go through application for amendment of complaint filed by the counsel to the complainant.

The case was initially scheduled for hearing today but was adjourned based on the inability for the Complainant's counsel to serve the Respondent's counsel with the motion for amendment of complaint on time.

Chukwu, however, described the application as unripe for hearing, stressing that he received a copy of the motion for amendment of complaint less than 24 hours ago.

The Complainant's counsel, Mr Albert Akpomudje, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said the application was aimed at amending the earlier compliant filed before the tribunal.

Akpomudje, who described the motion as harmless, stressed that the amendment would not affect the earlier complaints before the tribunal.

He said the amendment was in response to the tribunal’s order, saying that he had no objection to the tribunal not hearing the motion today. 



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