ABDUJALIL BALEWA PATERNITY CASE: COURT GRANTS DEFENDANT APPLICATION TO AMEND HIS DEFENCE

Our Reporter

A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Nyanya on Thursday granted leave to Dr Abdujalil Balewa to amend his defence in a suit brought by his three other siblings.

Balewa was brought to the court by his siblings claiming that he was not the son of the late Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

Justice Peter Kekemeke granted the leave for the amendment the defendant’s counsel, Mr Nnaemeka Otagburuagu, applied for.

Kekemeke, in a short ruling on the application for amendment, averred that the application was not out of place but within the provisions of the law.

He adjourned the matter till April 30 for continuation of defendant’s case.

At resumption of the case, Otagburuagu had applied for a leave of the court to amend their defence and file fresh list of defence statements on oath.

In opposition to the application, the claimants’ counsel, Mr Gil Okafor (SAN), told the court that the amendment was coming late since the defendant has started his defence.

He urged the court to reject the application.

Mukhtar, Saddik and Umar, all children of the late premier, instituted a suit before Justice Kekemeke, claiming that Dr Abduljalil was not their brother.

The plaintiffs sought the order of the court for a declaration that the defendant was not a son or grandson of the late Prime Minister.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by himself, agents or servants from referring to himself as the son or grandson or blood relation of Sir Balewa.

Besides, the defence sought a public apology and retraction of all previous claims by the defendant in the print and electronic media that he is the son or grandson of the late premier.