UYO – The Executors of the Will of late Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Otuekong Idongesit Nkanga (Rtd.) and sponsors of the deceased biography, have been advised to settle the case surrounding the book out of Court, to allow the deceased a peaceful reposed.
Presiding Judge on the matter, HU/133/2022 in the State High Court, Uyo, Justice Archibong Archibong gave the directive on Tuesday, when the case came up for mentioning.
Justice Archibong said, it was unnecessary for the parties in the suit to be in Court for a matter like this, when it could be settled out of Court to allow the deceased and statesman, a peaceful reposed.
The deceased family was dragged to Court by sponsors (claimants) of the book, “Leadership Footprints of Idongesit Nkanga OFR”, for unlawfully defacing and launching the biography without their consent.
The claimants, Msrs Usienemfon Joseph Akpakpan and Mr. Umana Edet James prayed the Court to grant them reliefs, in terms of compensation for the book production amounting to millions of Naira.
However, Pastor Princewill Isong Daniel , Mrs Mosunsola Olufunmilayo Idongesit Nkanga, Elder Amanam Okon Nkanga and Chairman , Executors of the Will of the deceased, Barrister Jacob Udobang, Secretary Executors of the Will; as well as Mr Etietop Idongesit Nkanga, who are defebdants in the case were also accused of secretly launching the controversial biography and reaped several millions of Naira without the knowledge of the sponsors.
The claimants alleged that, the defendants breached the memorandum of understanding and trust relating to the production of the contentious biography by defacing the original title just to short changed them.
Counsel to the defendants, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko (SAN), represented by Barrister Utibe Nwoko have agreed with the decision of the Court for peaceful settlement of the matter.
He described the case as a family fued that can be settled out of court adding that, their doors are open for negotiation anytime.
According to Nwoko, “It is a family feud and, I think as much as they can, we should try and resolve it.
” I will encourage settlement possibly out of court because to me; anything that involves somebody’s name and, has to do with Executors of the Will (a brother to the deceased), the children, the wife is a family issue”.
” To me I think all parties should try as much as possible to ensure that, the matter is settled out of Court .
“The man has died and should be allowed to rest in peace; and more importantly, the family name”.
Counsel to the claimants Barrister Victor Nkanang briefly after the Court session blaimed, the family of late Idongesit Nkanga for going wrong with persons who laboured to write the book on the deceased name.
According to him, “we cannot also run away from the fact that, late Idongesit Nkanga’s family has gone wrong with some persons.
“Remember that in Court; we always say where there is wrong , there is a remedy” and the only place you can get remedy is the Court .
” To show good faith on our path, we took ourselves to them for settlement; we have worked very hard; give us compensation for what we have worked for.
“But unfortunately, they refused after we have traversed the whole country to gather materials for the production of the biography . And when it was time to allow the publication, they changed the name; that is why we are in Court .
” Therefore, we have seriously sounded that, we should be compensated, not to trickishly tricked us out “.
The case has been adjourned to November 3, 2022 for the parties to dialogue and reach a resolution on the matter before informing the Court.
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