Judging Matters continues to deal with real-life cases using the arbitration system, and ensuring that people getting justice from a small claims court.
Judging Matters is presided over by Justice Olusola Williams (Rtd.) and celebrity host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu serving as the counsel on the show. Here’s what happened on episode seven of Judging Matters.
HINT: this episode has to do with money and verbal agreements again!
Case 1: Cyril Chukwelu vs Chinoye Ndukwe
Cyril Chukwelu is suing Chinoye Ndukwe for failing to pay him the sum of N80,000. Cyril is a thrift collector, and on March 5, 2019, Chinoye requested for a loan of N75,000 and promised to pay back in six months, with N20,000 as interest on the entire sum. They both had a verbal agreement for Chinoye to pay the sum of N15,000 in installments over six months. On June 18, Chinoye paid the first installment, but subsequently, she started giving excuses to Cyril. They had both had been in the thrift business for about two years.
In her reaction, Chinoye explained that a container had blocked her shop in Ajegunle and it had prevented her from doing business as before. She told the court that Cyril kept pestering her, calling her at odd hours of the night, which had caused her husband to wonder if there was more to the calls than the money issues.
Counsel Ebuka asked Chinoye if she had not made any money since June last year and she said “It is not like I have not made any money, but I have to feed my family.” This response did not go down well with Justice Olusola Williams who further asked Chinoye that if her children were truly hungry, perhaps she should have found a more industrious way to make money to pay back her loan, and if her husband was so disturbed by the incessant calls, he should have given her the money to offset the loan.
She thereafter declared judgement for the claimant in the sum of N80,000.
Case 2: Eke vs Ejike
August 26, 2019, Eke Lilian had approached Ejike, a carpenter in her neighborhood to build a wooden shop for her hairdressing business. She paid N36,000 for a space and N7,000 for ‘Omo oni le’ fees (landowner fee). Mr. Ejike requested for N54,000 to construct the space, after which Eke showed him an exact picture of what she wanted. Though Ejike had not done any work for Eke before their first meeting, he assured her the wooden shop would be completed in seven days. After seven days, Ejike could not be found, the shop project had not been done, but the countdown on Eke’s rent had already started.
Three months passed with Ejike giving more excuses. Eke travelled in November and came back in January, and by February, Ejike had still not done the work.
Eke is now asking for a refund of her N97,000 from Ejike because time has been wasted and she has not been able to make sales. On Ejike’s return, he had started to build the makeshift shop, but Eke was highly disappointed because what he built did not in any way look like the sample she had shown him.
Counsel Ebuka Obi-Uchendu thereafter cross-examined Ejike who told the court that the same week he got the N54,000 from Eke, his father took ill and he was called to the village, so he went with the money he received from Eke.
He said he did not have any other money on him, and because he didn’t want to be insulted by his family, he decided to use the money to offset his father’s medical bills. Justice Olusola Williams described Ejike’s actions as lacking integrity, unfair, and callous. He didn’t even consider that Eke had rented the space for a year and she also has a family to take care of.
In her ruling, she declared judgement for the claimant in the sum of N75,000.
Don’t miss the next episode of Judging Matters on Mondays on Africa Magic Showcase channel 151 at 6:00 PM, with a repeat episode on the same channel on Wednesdays at 10:00 PM.
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