By Ononye VC
An Onitsha High Court presided over by Justice Sylvester Odili on Tuesday adjourned further proceedings in the case instituted by some persons against the Anambra State Government and the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha, over ownership of Ugborimili Primary Schools, Housing Estate,Fegge, Onitsha. This followed oral application to the Judge in court by counsel for the Plaintiffs, Sir Ben Osaka, that he needed more time to reply to the written submission filed on behalf of the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha by their Senior Counsel, Sir Azubike Anazor. Barr Anazor, in his written submission, had argued that what was pending before the Court was his Motion to dismiss the Plaintiffs case in limine for want of jurisdiction. He argued that the attempt by the Plaintiffs lawyer to press criminal contempt charges against the Chancellor of the Archdiocese,Fr Prudentius Aroh and the Parish Priest of Queen of Peace Parish,Fegge Onitsha,Fr Basil Okelue was diversionary. Anazor insisted that the Court could not gloss over an earlier application to set aside its invalid order for non service of court papers on the Church and his Motion to dismiss the Plaintiffs case. Ben Osaka had filed motion for court to suspend its hearing of the main case until another court -Court 2-presided over by Justice T.U Oguji had heard and determined the issue of alleged contempt of court. Justice Odili sitting in Court 4 adjourned the case to February 1, 2024 to enable Sir Osaka file Reply to Anazor’ s Counter Affidavit and Written Address. The Judge maintained that on that day, all pending applications will be heard and ruled upon, including a determination of the issue of jurisdiction raised by Barr Anazor. Sir Ben Osaka represented the Plaintiffs Pentecostal Group; Ifeanyi Agwuncha Esq appeared for the Government of Anambra State, while Sir Azubike Anazor is defending the Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha.