By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
A Calabar High Court has Set October 6 this year, as new date to rule on two parallel applications presented to it court by litigants in a N68 million contract debt involving the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH and Obi Achara Nigeria Limited.
The long adjournment followed announcement by Federal Government, declaring Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21 as public holidays to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival and also the annual court vacation.
According to the applications tendered before the Calabar High Court, the claimant, Obi Achara Nigeria Limited, prayed the court to enter judgment in the matter.
On the contrary, the defendant, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital Management Board, on the other hand, prayed the court to strike out the case.
Upon calling the matter for hearing, the presiding judge, Justice Angela Obi, after carefully listening to arguments from counsel to both parties, Eta Akpama for claimants, and Volunteer Itam for defendants, adjourned the case to October 6, 2021.
Answering questions from journalists on the issue at the court premises after the adjournment, counsel to claimant, Akpama, stated that they filled an application to extend the time within which to file their response to the application to strike out the case.
According to Akpama, response was taken in today’s sitting and by the rules of court, from the day the response was taken and granted they have seven days to respond, which they have done.
However, counsel for the defendants, Itam stated that the claimants brought a motion for regularization of their counter affidavit, which they did not object to.