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Court adjourns Guinness, NAFDAC N1b suit to Feb. 8

JusticeA LAGOS High Court sitting in Igbosere yesterday adjourned the suit filed by Guinness Nigeria Plc against the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) till February 8, 2016 to enable parties meet for amicable resolution of the dispute.

Justice Wasiu Animasahun adjourned the suit following submissions of counsel that a meeting was ongoing to resolve the matter out of court.

When the matter came up yesterday for mention, counsel to Guinness Plc., Mr. Olasupo Shasore (SAN), told the court that representatives of Guinness Plc. and that of NAFDAC are meeting on the sanction imposed on the company, adding that he was hopeful the matter would be resolved.

Also, addressing the court, NAFDAC’s lawyer, Mr. O. M. Abutu, acknowledged that parties met on Monday (December 21) but that he was not privy to what actually transpired at the meeting.

He said: “I confirm that the applicant (Guinness) met with the agency yesterday, but I was not part of the meeting and I have not been briefed about the outcome of the meeting.”

Abutu urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable the agency reply to the originating process filed by Guinness and for possible out-of-court settlement of the matter.

In his submission, counsel to the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. T. Mokuolu, said he had no objection if parties decide to resolve the issue out-of-court.

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