GTB Vs Innoson: Supreme Court Rules In Favour Of GTB In N2.4bn Debt

Date: 17-01-2022 2:09 pm (4 months ago) | Author: Abasiodu Sunday
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new ruling by the Supreme Court has gone in favour of Guaranty Trust Bank concerning its case with Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited.
 
According to Punch, the ruling by the Supreme Court came after it reversed its earlier decision which dismissed an appeal by GTB against a N2.4bn judgment given in favour of Innoson Motors Nigeria Limited by the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State.
 
A senior official of GTB, who confirmed this to The PUNCH on Sunday, said, “Yes, the Supreme court ruled in favour of GTbank on Friday.”
 
A judgment delivered on Friday by a five-member panel, led by Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, held unanimously that the Supreme Court erred when, in a ruling on February 27, 2019, it erroneously dismissed the appeal marked: SC/694/2014 filed by GTB.
 
In the lead judgment, written by Justice Tijani Abubakar, but read on Friday by Justice Abdu Aboki, the court held that it was misled by its Registry, which failed to promptly bring to the notice of the panel that it sat on the case on February 27, 2019, and that GTB had already filed its appellant’s brief of argument.
 
The judgment was on an application by GTB seeking the re-listing of the appeal on the grounds that it was wrongly dismissed.
 
The Supreme Court said the panel that sat on the case on February 27, 2019, being notified of the existence of the appellant’s brief of argument, would not have given the ruling which dismissed GTB’s appeal on grounds of lack of diligent prosecution.
 
Relying on Order 8 Rules 16 of the Supreme Court’s Rules, Justice Abubakar, in the lead judgment, held that the apex court has the power to set aside its decision in certain circumstances, like any other court.
 
He added that such circumstances include where there is any reason to do so, such as where any of the parties obtained judgment by fraud, default or deceit; where such a decision is a nullity or where it is obvious that the court was misled into giving a decision.
 
Justice Tijani held that the circumstances of the GTB case fall into the category of the rare cases where the Supreme Court could amend or alter its own order on the grounds that the said order or judgment did not present what it intended to record.
 
“I am convinced that at the material time that the appellant’s appeal was inadvertently dismissed by this court, there was in place, a valid and subsisting brief of argument filed by the applicant.

“It will be unjust to visit the sin of the court’s Registry on an innocent, vigilant, proactive and diligent litigant.

“It is obvious from the material before us, that there were errors committed by the Registry of this court, having failed to bring to the notice of the panel of Justices that sat in chambers on the 27th February 2019 that the appellant had indeed filed its brief of argument.

“This is a case deserving of positive consideration by this court.

“Having gone through all the materials in this application, therefore, I am satisfied that the appellant/applicant’s brief of argument was filed before the order of this court made on the 27th of February 2019 dismissing the applicant’s appeal.

“The order dismissing the appeal was therefore made in error. It ought not to have been made if all materials were disclosed. The application is, therefore, meritorious and hereby succeeds,” Justice Abubakar said.
 
He proceeded to set aside the court’s ruling of February 27, 2019, dismissing GTB’s appeal and ordered that the appeal marked 694/2014 “be relisted to constitute an integral part of the business of the court until its hearing and determination on the merit.”
 
Other members of the panel – Justices Ariwoola, John Okoro, Helen Ogunwumiju, Aboki – agreed with the lead judgment.

Posted: at 17-01-2022 02:09 PM (4 months ago) | Gistmaniac
- Jiiitk4 at 17-01-2022 03:53 PM (4 months ago)
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Thieves. Has the supreme court of Nigeria ever given any judgement in favour of NDIGBO? Never. North will always gang up with the  South West against NDIGBO.
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- Goldtime at 17-01-2022 04:16 PM (4 months ago)
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Quote from: Jiiitk4 on 17-01-2022 03:53 PM
Thieves. Has the supreme court of Nigeria ever given any judgement in favour of NDIGBO? Never. North will always gang up with the  South West against NDIGBO.
This is one reason this nation will never create equal opportunities for all .What id d connection btw innosom debt default and tribalism! Common men ! I can’t understand how divisive is this nation on tribal subject but one thing is certain , no future in Nigeria unity Bcaz of tribal and ethnicity suspicion.It’s so sad !
Posted: at 17-01-2022 04:16 PM (4 months ago) | Gistmaniac
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- taypetdun at 17-01-2022 04:56 PM (4 months ago)
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How can court erroneously give a judgement? Nigerian legal system has been bastardized.  Now , how can we not say that this judgement is not also erroneous. APC government lawyers are biased. They have ganged against Innoson.
The  case should still be reviewed. They judgement is biased with undue influence.
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- gogoman at 17-01-2022 10:59 PM (4 months ago)
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