by Isi Esene
The suit filed by Robert Igbinedion against the founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop Oyedepo has been struck out by the Ogun State High Court sitting in Ota, Ogun State.
Igninedion, who filed the suit on behalf of the young lady who was allegedly slapped in Oyedepo’s church in 2009, had asked the court to award N2billion as ‘general and exemplary damages’ against the pastor among other reliefs.
The presiding judge, Justice Ojo, however struck out the case for lack of merit and awarded the sum of N20, 000 against the plaintiff. He said the girl, who was allegedly slapped, remained a ghost victim and that the applicant failed to prove that he attended the service where the girl was allegedly slapped.
During the hearing of the case, Dele Adesina, counsel to Oyedepo, had argued that there was nothing to show that the young lady who was slapped in the video – who had been dubbed ‘Miss Justice’ in the course of the suit – is a living person.
According to Premium Times, Adesina had submitted that “There is nothing to show in the application that ‘Miss Justice’ is a living and existing person entitled to claim under the provisions of the 1999 Constitution”.
“We humbly submit that ‘Miss Justice’ is a fictitious person, not capable of being represented in court.
“For the applicant to establish that he is suing on behalf of another person, that person must be determinable and identifiable,” he added.
On his part, Mr. Igbinedion asked the court to grant him all his reliefs since the respondents, in denying that the young lady was slapped, had failed to help the court arrive at justice.
A slap on the wrist, this one.