Court Decides Veterinary Council's Fate June 3

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A Federal High Court, in Abuja, will on June 3, 2015 decide whether or not the current Board of the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) was properly constituted.
The presiding judge, Justice Evoh Chukwu, on Tuesday, reserved the ruling in the suit marked No. FHC/ABJ/837/2013, challenging the alleged illegal constitution of VCN’s Board by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina,
The plaintiff, Emmanuel Ebirim, had averred in the suit that the setting up of the council, by Adesina, was done in violation of section 2 (i) (e) Veterinary Surgeon Act CAP V3 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2007, as well as section 148(1) of the Nigerian Constitution.
He had joined Adesina, the Veterinary Council of Nigeria and its Council President, Prof G.A.T Ogundipe, as respondents in the suit, but the matter has been pending on the undefended list since 2013.
When the matter came up on Tuesday, counsel to the plaintiff, Chika Favour Ben, who held brief of M.A Ofeoshi informed the court that, in accordance with the order of the court at the last sitting on the matter, the plaintiff served hearing notice on the defendants and yet, they were not in court when the case came up.

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