The Attorney-General of Adamawa, Afraimu Jingi, told Justice Inyang Ekwo while moving a motion on notice, seeking to be joined in the suit filed by a group against Atiku and three others.
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Slok, which is owned by former Governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu, is seeking the court order restraining the EFCC from trying it and Kalu
Justice Inyang Ekwo granted Osipitan’s plea after her counsel, Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, moved the motion on notice, which was not opposed to by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s lawyer, Christopher Mshelia.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the warning after Dr. Hassan Liman, counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the alleged N5 billion trial against Oduah and eight others, told the court that the former minister and one other defendant were not in court to take their plea.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after listening to the ex-parte motion of the plaintiffs’ counsel, Kanu Agabi, SAN, praying the court for an order to serve the 1st and 2nd defendants by substituted means through pasting the originating process at Zamfara State Liaison Office in Abuja.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the warning on Monday when Oduah (a Senator, representing Anambra North) and some other defendants were absent at the proceedings, with no explanation from their lawyers.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date after parties in the matter adopted their processes in relation to the suit.
The amount is the 13 per cent derivative sum due as arrears of revenue and payable to the Bayelsa government.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, who gave the order while delivering a judgment in the suit brought by the CJ against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and others, described the move to probe the embattled judge as “unconstitutional and illegal.”
The senator, who is popularly referred to as Dancing Senator, bagged the degree on May 7.
Ibezim took the oath of office at exactly 11:02am during the start of plenary.
The group; the Incorporated Trustees of Alaigbo Development Foundation, urged Justice Inyang Ekwo to restrain the defendants from continuing the exercise pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
Counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Magaji Labaran, tendered the bags of money before Justice Inyang Ekwo while leading the only witness in the case, Stephen Olatubosun, in evidence.
Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the order, on Wednesday, after the currencies, stashed in three bags, were counted with a counting machine at the office of the Deputy Chief Registrar (Litigation) of the court as directed by the judge.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed March 26 after counsel to the EFCC, Benjamin Manji, admitted serving the defence counsel with the charge on Sunday, March 21.
Justice Inyang Ekwo again adjourned the matter for hearing after counsel to the 1st and 2nd defendants told the court that they were yet to file any application in response to the plaintiff’s suit.
At the resumed hearing, the EFCC played the audio recording, which is in Hausa language, said to be a conversation between Sani and the complainant, Alhaji Sani Dauda, owner of ASD Motors in Kaduna State.
Justice Akeredolu made the allegation in a suit she filed before the Federal High Court Abuja in respect of which the court has restrained Akeredolu and other defendants in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2016/2021 from taking any further steps that could hurt the plaintiff’s interest.
Also to be affected by the order are the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), who are all listed as defendants in a suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/2016/2021 filed by Justice Akeredolu.
Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the date on Tuesday because the former minister was yet to be served with the court processes.