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A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Lewis Alagoa on Thursday adjourned hearing of the application for injunction filed by 76-year-old, ex-president of the Nigerian Indigenous Shipowners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Jolapamo, asking the court to restrain the Nigeria Police Force and the Attorney General of the Federal (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), from arraigning him over alleged illegal possession of firearms.

At the resumed hearing of Chief Jolapamo on Thursday his counsel, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN told the court that the respondents, despite being served with the notice of the days’ proceedings failed to appear in court.

He told the court that counsel to first and third defendants, Oluokun and Ofolue, assured him of their presence in court for the hearing, but failed to show up.

He urged the court to hear his client’s application as the defendants have planned to arraign him on December 2 for an offence ‘he had been cleared off.

Falana, SAN therefore ,asked the court for a short adjournment.

Following the submission made by plaintiff”s counsel, Justice Lewis-Allagoa adjourned the matter till November 24.

Chief Jolapamo had approached the court to seek an order of interim injunction restraining the IGP, AGF either by themselves, servants or privies from arranging his client, via charge No. FHC/L/404C/22 alleging illegal possession of firearms at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, pending the final determination of the origination motion, herein.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the suit and deposed to by the applicant , Jolapamo, averred that the second respondent, Olufunke Otti Jolapamo who wrote petition against him on the alleged offence is his wife who until recently lived together with him at No. 23 Olusegun Aina Street, Park-view Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He averred that the aforementioned property was purchased for the sum of N420 million from the proceed of the sale of his vessels (Mor-Prosperity and Mor-Power, which were sold in November, 2017 at a price of over N800 Million and the proceed was paid into the CTSR First Bank account of the second respondent.

Jolapamo alleged that trouble started when his wife informed him sometime on November 14, 2020 via WhatsApp message of her intention to sell the aforementioned property

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