Alleged NUJ/NAWOJ Housing Fraud: Counsel to Ifeyinwa Omowole, Deji Elumoye, requests for shift in date for hearing
The case between some Lagos journalists and other claimants versus Prince Tunji Ogunwusi’s Primewaterview Holdings, NAWOJ’s National President, Ifeyinwa Omowole, Deji Elumoye, Tosin Odusola and NUJ which should come up for hearing tomorrow Wednesday, 13th of March, 2019 at the Lagos Multidoor ADR, Igbosere-Lagos with the mediator, Mrs. Dupe Ogunsanwo has been shifted to April 11, 2019, on the request of their lawyer.
During the last sitting, Mrs. Ogunsanwo urged all interested parties to appear at the sitting in their own interest in order to find amicable resolution to the case.
At the last sitting, out of the six defendants, only NUJ was present while the duo of Omowole and Elumoye were represented by Yinka Kalejaye with no one from Primewaterviews Holdings of Tunji Ogunwusi, under whose chairmanship, the project began.
Mrs Ogunsanwo advised that the presence of the key individuals involved is very important, Kalejaye claimed that Ifeyinwa and Deji cannot appear in person because they are now working in Abuja.
Mrs Ogunsanwo strongly advised that it will be in their own interest to appear in person on March 13th, 2019, regarding the case filed by the Oluyinka Olujimi Chambers.
Lawyer to the petitioners, Oladimeji Olowu of Oluyinka Olujimi chambers also reiterated the need for respondents to appear in person if the case must be settled as soon as possible and also for the affected journalists to find time to be in court for good reportage of the proceedings.
It should be noted that the lawyer to Primewaterview Holdings who chose the date for the last hearing did not show up too.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, at its inaugural meeting held in Abuja, directed that every legal steps should be taken to recover the money not accounted for out of the several millions paid to the Primewaterview Holdings Limited in five instalments between July 2016, and April 2017, and returned to Subscribers.
Also, NEC directed that Lagos State Council must take steps to verify the N4million returned from the conversion of the said “expired dollars” claimed by Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole, which they are yet to do.
NEC however deferred any sanction on erring members pending the outcome of the case before EFCC.