From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
A Federal High Court sitting in Benin yesterday, awarded the sum of N20,000.00 as cost against the National Assembly over alleged delay in responding to the application one Chief Patrick Osagie Eholor.
The applicant Counsel, Barrister Dan Ogbegie, relying on section 1 (1,2&3), section 2, 4,7 and 20 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011, had told the court to compel the clerk of National Assembly to disclose the allowances of the duo from June 2007 till date.
In a suit No. FHC/B/CS/94/13 the applicant among others demanded for the allowances, salaries and other emoluments and monies released to two National Assembly members, Senator Ehigie Uzamere representing (Edo south senatorial district) and Hon. Engr. Nosakhare Osahon representing Ovia North East Federal Constituency.
The presiding Judge, Justice Lima George, in his ruling, expressed surprise at the kind of order the plaintiff counsel is seeking haven’t been served two motions (order of mandamus and extension of time).
He opined that “the non-attachment of exhibit does not distract from the responsibility of your reply. This is an argument for laziness” and thereafter awarded the sum of N10,000 as cost unnecessary argument and N10,000 for the applicant.