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Court grants Munir Gwarzo’s application for extension of time

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The National Industrial Court, Abuja, on Wednesday granted three applications filed by Mounir Gwarzo, the suspended Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, recalls that Gwarzo was suspended in November 2017, by the erstwhile Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, over alleged financial misappropriation.

Mr Gwarzo is seeking a declaration that his appointment as director-general of SEC is valid, legal and subsisting, among other claims.

In the resumed hearing, Mr Gwarzo’ counsel, Adetayo Adeyemi, told the court that he had three applications before the court.

Mr Adeyemi listed them as application for extension of time, which was supported by an eight-paragraph affidavit.

The extension of time according to Mr Adeyemi, is in order for him to reply to the preliminary objection earlier raised by SEC’s counsel.

The claimant’s counsel also sought for an extension of time to file all other necessary documents, including his written address.

The other application filed by Mr Adeyemi, is for all other pending applications in the suit to be taken together.

The judge, Justice Sanusi Kado, in his ruling, granted all the applications as the defendants’ counsel did not oppose the application.

Abdullahi Abubakar, counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), one of the respondent, who was appearing for the first time, also sought for extension of time.

He said that he filed the application on October 19, to enable him file the necessary documents in the suit.

Mr Kado also granted the counsel’s application and told all parties to regularise their processes.

There was no legal representation for the Minister of Finance, also joined as respondent, while the case was adjourned until November 29 for hearing of pending applications.


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