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Court orders defendant to show original documents to prove he’s late Balewa’s son

An FCT High Court sitting in Nyanya on Thursday ordered Dr. Abdujalil Balewa to produce the originals of documents he seeks to tender in court to prove that he was the son of late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa.

Balewa was brought to the court by his siblings claiming that he was not the son of the late Prime Minister.

Justice Peter Kekemeke gave the order when the defendant’s counsel Mr Nnaemeka Otagburuagu sought to tender the defendant’s indigeneship certificate in evidence.

The claimants ‘s counsel Henry Okoro had objected ,claiming that it was a photocopy and not admissible.

The Judge said as provided in section 104 of the Evidence Act, the document was not admissible in evidence and ordered that the original copies be produced on next adjourned date.

Kekemeke adjourned the case until May 23, for continuation of defendant’s case.

Mukhtar, Saddik and Umar, all children of the late premier, instituted a suit before Kekemeke claiming that Dr Abduljalil was not their brother.

The plaintiffs therefore sought the order of the court for a declaration that the defendant was never a son or grandson of the late Prime
Minister.

They also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant by himself, agents or servants from referring to himself as the son or grandson or blood relation of Sir Balewa.

In addition a public apology and retraction of all previous claims by the defendant in the print and electronic media that he is the son or grandson of the late premier.

Dele Fashomi
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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