An Ogun State High Court sitting in Ota yesterday adjourned judgement till July 12 in a case of enforcement of fundamental rights filed by a Lagos lawyer, Robert Igbinedion, against Bishop David Oyedepo, for allegedly slapping an unidentified girl during a service conducted at his Living Faith Church.
Igbinedion had filed the Fundamental Rights enforcement suit to enforce the fundamental human rights of the girl allegedly named “Miss Justice” before the court, alleging that the “poor Nigerian girl” suffered physical, mental, and psychological torture as a result of the slap from Bishop Oyedepo.
He further claimed that the action was broadcast on the web for the entire world to see.
The lawyer further stated that he coined the name Miss Justice because the young girl “cannot afford to have her name on the court processes due to her age, sex, and safety in a public trial.
Responding to all these allegations yesterday, Oyedepo’s lawyer, Dele Adesina (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the suit in its entirety as the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain it.
In a preliminary objection he filed, Adesina argued that the application as constituted is incompetent, and therefore liable to be struck.
He maintained that Igbenedion’s application does not fall within the categories listed in the preamble of the enforcement procedure of the Fundamental Rules 2009; neither did it come within the ambit of Chapter Four of the 1999 Constitution; the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Right; and the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights.