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Asa makes application to court to withdraw libel suit

 

It was a mild drama last week at Lagos High court when counsels involved in Asa’s lesbianism case engaged in a heated argument.

On one side are Asa’s lawyers who are desperate to withdraw their suit and on the other hand is the defendant’s lawyer who is bent in pursuing the case to a logical conclusion before the honourable court.

The bone of contention began when Lawyers to Bukola Elemide popularly known as ASA made an application before Justice Coker to withdraw their 700 million suit against News of the People magazine.

According to her lawyers from Abraham Chambers, the application was brought as they could not produce witness to support their case, hence the application asking the court to quash the case.

In a swift reaction however, the defendant’s lawyer, Yinka Muyiwa urged the court to dismiss the application, saying the case has gone far beyond a stage they can withdraw.

His argument was that the plaintiff (Asa) ought to have realized from the beginning of the case and withdraw the case rather than wait till last minute after several resources have been expended in sufficient quantity adding ‘before you come to the court, you must have prepared for the case and when you are not prepared, you rather don’t come’

He however pleaded with the court to go ahead with its judgment on the case.

The honourable Justice Coker however adjourned the case for ruling on the application for three weeks

It would be recalled that on three different occasions, Asa’s lawyers have to change witnesses as they refused to appear one after the other.

Asa had approached the court in 2011 to claim damages of 700 million naira over a story titled ‘Asa In Lesbianism Scandal’

 

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