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Court adjourns hearing on Lagos Yacht Club suit to June 26


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A Lagos High Court, Igbosere, has adjourned the suit filed by a member of the Lagos Yacht Club, Mr. John Ioannis Aggelakos, to June 26.

Aggelakos is unhappy with the activities of the main committee of the club in charge of their affairs.

He filed the suit on behalf of himself and other suspended members of the club.

The claimant is seeking an injunction reinstating him and other concerned member of the club who were unlawfully suspended from the club and restraining the main committee of the club from taking punitive action against him and other affected members.

He also asked the court for an order restraining the main committee from convening its annual general meeting slated for June 22.

At the last hearing of the matter, counsel to the claimant, Ike Imo, told the court that owing to the originating summon, the claimant has been suspended and if the status quo is not maintained by asking the main committee to suspend the AGM from taking place on June 22, then the essence of the suit is useless.

Imo further pleaded with the court: “In the light of the coming AGM, the court should grant the application and the claimant and other concerned members have brought this action to forestall the AGM pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

“The claimant was suspended without hearing and it indicates he cannot vote on the AGM. This action was wrong on the part of the committee and the court is the last hope of the common man. To have suspended my client after the matter had gone to court was wrong”.

Imo also told the court that the AGM ought to be held every 15 months and that the previous one was in August. He therefore prayed the court to halt the AGM until June 29, to enable the court to look at the application.

But counsel to the Lagos Yacht Club, Lema Abina, told the court that the AGM had nothing to do with the said application.

“The AGM has been fixed long ago and has nothing to do with the suit and there is no urgency in the matter,” he said.

Abina told the court that the club has followed the rule to hold the AGM on every March and not later than June 31. “To hold otherwise will violate the rule of CAMA,” he argued, adding that the relief sort by the claimant has nothing to do with AGM.
However, in her ruling, Justice O. Akinkugbe refused to grant the application to halt the AGM. She adjourned the matter to June 26, for further directives.

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