Abuja Federal High Court on Thursday ordered parties in a suit filed over the controversy on the appointment of a presiding pastor for First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja, to maintain status-quo antebellum pending the next date of hearing.
Justice Obiora Egwuatu, who gave the order following an ex-parte motion moved by Counsel to the Plaintiffs, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, ordered that the Respondents be put on notice of the processes filed in the suit including the Order of the Court.
The Plaintiffs in the Suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/432/2022, had sued the Incorporated Trustees of First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja and current “acting pastor” Rev. Tom Takpatore as first and second Respondents.
The Plaintiffs had sought among others, for an order restraining the Respondents from continuing with the process of selection and appointment of a substantive presiding pastor for the church pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
They also sought an order of court directing the Respondents to maintain status quo ante bellum pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.
After hearing the motion, Justice Egwuatu in a well-considered ruling, ordered the parties to maintain status quo ante bellum pending the next date of hearing.
He adjourned the case till May, 30 for hearing of the motion on notice.
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