By Joel Gomiyar

The Magistrate Court 3 in Kasuwa Nama in Jos, Plateau State has fixed the 18 and 19 of June 2019, for an accelerated hearing into a case of criminal defamation of character instituted against Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, International Federation of Female Lawyers FIDA, Plateau State Chapters and Concern Past Students of St. Stephen Center Abeokuta by Rev. Isaac Oluwale Newton-Wusu.

The case was earlier fixed for continuation of hearing today, the 28 of March 2019 but could not hold due to an official engagement by the presiding Judge, Justice Yahaya Muhammed in Abuja.

The petitioner, Rev. Newton-Wusu had also communicated the court pleading for absence on health ground while his lead counsel was  on another engagement in Abuja.

Reacting to this development, the defense counsel, Barrister Solomon Maren expressed his displeasure over  the inability of the court to communicate the interested parties on time.

"This is one of  the unfortunate development in our system, I wish we may not have had the trouble of coming all the way if prior information was sent through an SMS, how much would it cost?" Says Barrister Maren.

On her part,  spokesperson for FIDA, Barrister Grace Mamswa also raised concerned over the way and manner interested parties were not properly informed, noting that they would raise a preliminary objection in due time on how they were summoned.

According to her, FIDA is not an individual, it is an organization with headquarters in Mexico, so if they are suing FIDA then the proper place to take their surmon is to Mexico, but they are in the court because they have nothing to hide.

It would be recalled that the Director Stephen Center International, Rev. Isaac Oluwale Newton-Wusu had instituted was last year accused of sexually abusing female inmates of the center.

Rev. Newton had gone to court to challenge the allegations.