The court suit instituted by Curtis Ogbebor, Kelly Osunbor Omokaro and Charles Idehen against Omobude Agho, Osazee Edigin, Omoruyi Egharevba, Justice Itietie and Keshi St. Lawrence over non existent leadership tussle that was raised as a result of , insubordination, rebellion and unhealthy competition within the organisation has been struck out by the high court 6 sitting in Benin City today,Thursday 15th February 2024.

The presiding judge, Hon. Justice Peter Akhimie Akhihiero having examined the arguments raise by Barr U. L Osa – Uwagie, counsel to the defendants, the suit which had been running since 2022 after the first one was struck out in April 4th 2022 for lack of merit, was also struck out and dismissed due to the abandonment of the case in court by the applicants and their lawyers (which have been changed severally), pursuant to court order 30 rule 4 which talked about diligence persecution. A cost of one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) was awarded against them in favour of the defendants.

The social media space had been flooded with wrong news and blackmail of a purported plan by the immediate past executive of EDOCSO not to vacate office after expiration of tenure.

It must be stated that, EDOCSO as a coalition of several civil society groups and community based formations known as study centres is guided by rules which inordinate ambitions cannot infiltrate or derailed.

The sole thrusts of EDOCSO is for the pursuant of good governance, social justice and human rights and cannot be seen exhibiting the characteristics of a political party or politicians. It is a collaboration where your time and money is required for the overall good of the larger society hence the struggle for positions or titles aren’t what should be expected from any member.

The outcome of the court matter which is first in of its kind since the formation of EDOCSO has a lot of lessons to be learnt and the need to further prevent any future attempts to break the ranks. The suit was borne out of lack of adequate knowledge, over ambition and rebellious dispensation.

Let it been known to the general public that the present constituted leadership of Edo Civil Society Organisations, (EDOCSO) is ably led by the interim TEC chairman Leftist Austine Enabulele and any body or group of persons found parading themselves as the leaders, using any of our property without authorization or impersonating the network will be dealt with according to the laws

We want to reinterate that we hold no grudge against those that took the coalition to court but wish to rather advise them to retrace their steps and abide by the tenets of activism even if they decide not to belong to the coalition going forward.

We equally want to use this medium to extend the hands of friendship and comradeship to them should they decide to return to the coalition which has contributed immensely to their consciousness growth and development over the years.

In all, there is no victor, no vanquished.

Leftist Aliyu Umweni
Interim Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOCSO)

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Benin City,
Edo state,


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