Thursday, 20 July 2017

PLATEAU: ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH’S CLERGIES VS CP AND 7 OTHERS: COURT ADJOURNS TO 4TH OCTOBER, 2017, FOR HEARING OF INTERLOCUTORY INJUNCTION



By: Valentine Adese, 

The Plateau State High Court presided over by Hon. Justice Daniel Longji, has adjourned the suit No: PLD/J287/2017, filed by the Clergies of the Assemblies of God Church against the Commissioner of  Police, Plateau State Command and 7 others to the 4th of October, 2017, for the hearing of the Motion on Notice on Interlocutory Injunction before it.


The MOTION ON NOTICE BROUGHT PURSUANT TO ORDER 7(1) OF THE PLATEAU STATE HIGH COURT (CIVIL PROCEDURE) RULES. 1987, dated 12th May, 2017 and filed by the Plaintiffs (Rev. Yohanna Bot Dalyop, Rev. Luka Daniel, Rev. Daniel Billy, Rev. John Vwashi, Rev. Samuel Panchi, Rev. Samuel Chung Pam, The Assemblies of God Nigeria) through their Counsel, N.I. Darong, Esq. of Mentor Chambers, Jos, is seeking the Court to grant:

1.      AN ORDER of mandatory injunction directing the defendants to allow the plaintiffs and its followers unhindered access to the Jos District branches and multi-purpose hall of the 7th plaintiff as agreed between the plaintiffs and the 1st to 7th defendants pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
2.      AN ORDER of interlocutory injunction directing the defendants to stop the arrest or further arrest, harassment or further harassment, removal from their churches, invitation or further invitation, prosecution or further prosecution, persecution or further persecution and detention or further detention of the plaintiffs pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
3.      AN ORDER of mandatory injunction compelling the defendants to release the 5th plaintiff as well as Mr. Daniel John Davou, all workers of the 7th plaintiff, from the 8th defendant’s custody pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

AND FOR such further order(s) as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances.


You would recall that Rev. Yohanna Bot Dalyop, Rev. Luka Daniel, Rev. Daniel Billy, Rev. John Vwashi, Rev. Samuel Panchi, Rev. Samuel Chung Pam , The Assemblies of God Nigeria (suing for themselves and on behalf of the Presbyters of Assemblies of Church Nigeria Jos district) had dragged the Plateau state Commissioner of Police to the Plateau State High Court, demanding the sum of  five million naira (N5,000,000.00) as general damages for acts of arrest, harassment, invitations, prosecution and their detention.

The Plaintiffs in their “joint and several” claim filed before the Court, are also seeking for a Court declaration, that by virtue of the judgment of the Supreme Court in SC. 396/2015: Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka v. Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor & Ors., Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor was not declared as the General Superintendent of the 7th Plaintiff, a declaration that the High Court of Plateau State in Suit No.: PLD/J33/2016 which was struck out on 27/4/2016 never granted an order of injunction restraining the plaintiffs from worshipping in various Jos District branches of the 7th plaintiff, a declaration that the continued arrest, harassment, invitations, prosecution and their detention by the defendant is unconstitutional, null and void, a declaration that the continued occupation of the Jos District branches of the Church is unconstitutional, null and void.

The Plaintiffs are further, seeking for an order of the Plateau state High Court, directing the defendants in the suit to allow them unhindered access to the Jos District branches, with an order, directing the defendants to stop their further arrest, harassment, invitations, prosecution and detention.

The Plaintiffs want the court to further grant an order directing the defendants to offer a public apology to them.

Other defendants in the suit filed by the Plaintiffs’ Counsel, N.I. Darong, Esq. of Mentor Chambers, Jos, include, Rev. Jacob D. Langs, Rev. Daniel Saje, Rev. Bulus Sambo, Rev. James Gyang,   Rev. Luka Dung, Rev. Dachung Delson and Rev. Dusu Alison.

You would also recall that the suit was brought by way of Writ of Summons.

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