Jos Court strikes out defamation case by Reverend accused of rape

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A Jos based Court, Tuesday stroke out a case of criminal defamation filed against the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Plateau State and the International Federation of Women Lawyers(FIDA) in the state.

The case was filed by the Director of Stephens Children’s Center Abeokuta in Ogun State, Rev. Issac Oluwale Newton-Wusu at the Upper Area Court 3, Kasuwan Nama on 13th July, 2018.

The presiding judge, Justice Muhammad Yahaya struck out the case following an application by counsel to the complainant, Barrister Nabam Dariam seeking to dismiss the case sequel to the demise of his client last month.

The complainant had gone to court to protest allegations of rape leveled against him by the defendants.

In their respective response, counsels to both the 1,2 and 3, and 4 defenders Barristers Simon Maren and Sumi Lawal did not contest the application warranting the presiding judge to terminate the case.

Reacting to the development, the state NAWOJ chairperson, Mrs. Jennifer Yerima said though it is unfortunate that the man who instituted the case against them is dead, “but this is God judgment and is perfect, because we are fighting a good course and we would not relent in fighting for the less privilege and vulnerable people in the society”.

Meanwhile, NAWOJ has been assured of adequate support towards alleviating the plight of the less privileged in Plateau State.

Former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy Affairs in Plateau State, Dr Dayyabu Yusuf Garga hosted the executive members of the association in his resident recently.

Garga who is incumbent Deputy National Chairman of the Petroleum and Tankers Drivers Association of Nigeria noted that for the society to move forward, the less privileged members of the society must be fully integrated into the system.

Earlier in her remarks, the Plateau State NAWOJ chairman, Jennifer Yarima solicited for the support if spirited individuals and organization towards finding lasting solutions to the plight of the less privileged in the state.

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