A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the postponement of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) ongoing job recruitment pending the determination of a suit filed by a public interest lawyer, Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi. At the hearing on October 18, 2019, the applicant prayed the court to ensure that justice was served on the unemployed Nigerians who needed to know their stand in the matter.

“I pray that the matter be heard together with the preliminary objection filed by the respondents in the interest of justice,” the applicant said.

When the matter was called up, the applicant’s counsel informed the court that the respondent filed his counter on Oct. 15, 2019. In reply, the respondent informed the court that he was sick and had surgery.

The presiding judge, Justice Muhammed Tsoho (Acting Chief Justice of The Federal High Court) informed the respondent's counsel that his counter was not proper before the court and had not been regularised.

The court in considering the urgent nature of the matter granted an adjournment for the respondents to regularise their counter. Tsoho however, ordered that parties must maintain the status quo pending the hearing of the substantive suit. The case was then adjourned till October. 29, 2019 for hearing. (NAN)