His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu
By Akpan David, Calabar
The Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday 19 October 2020 and presided over by Honourable Justice E. A. Obile has struck out a matter brought by a certain Apostle Nlemogu V, who claimed to be a registered trustee of Brotherhood & others against His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu.
The judge also awarded cost of N1.1 million against the plaintiffs.
The litigation was filed in
suit number FHC/PHC/CS/165/2019.
It would be recalled that sometime in 2019, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu from the World Headquarters of BCS Calabar posted a priest to take charge of the Ogunabili bethel but the plaintiffs, sometimes referred to as renegade members of BCS, refused to honour the official posting from the world headqurters of the church thereby leading to misunderstanding and timely intervention of the Police.
During the pendancy of the case, the plaintiffs had filed an application for interlocutory injunction to restrain the Police from further carrying out their duty of maintaining peace and order in the society.
On this fateful day of the hearing of the case, neither the plaintiffs nor their cousel appeared in Court.
The plaintiffs had earlier in their writ of summons prayed the court to declare that they had the right over and should be free to worship at Ogunabili and Onne Bethels of Brotherhood of the Cross and Star (BCS), and not His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, the leader and Sole head of the fold and his adherents.
But the Court upon hearing the submission of Barrister C. U. Amadike, the lead Counsel for the second set of defendants, informed the Court that the plaintiffs who are former members of the BCS were not in Court because they had resorted to self help by forcefully breaking and entering the two worship places of the BCS, including Ogunabili and Onne bethels which were under lock and key since last year as ordered by he court.
The counsel to the defendants further made two applications seeking the Court to order the parties to refrain from entering the two places of worship.
His second application was that the Court should strike out the case for want of deligent prosecution.
Justice Obile upheld the application of the counsel to the defendants.
Another counsel, Justice Osai Ahiakwo commended Justice Obile for his bold ruling, saying the plaintiffs had contravened the law and forcefully took occupation of the two worship places in contest and further dragged the leadership of the fold to another federal high court.