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Admin Judge to re-assign Evans’ N300m suit

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Admin Judge to re-assign Evans’ N300m suit

 

Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka of a Federal High Court in Lagos has transmitted the case file of the N300 million fundamental rights enforcement suit filed the acclaimed billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike aka Evans, against the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, and three others to the court’s administrative judge for re-assignment to another judge.

The judge’s decision might not be unconnected with his transfer to the Yola Division of the court by the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Kafarati.

An application filed by the Inspector General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) had on August 29 prevented the judge from delivering judgement in the matter.

In the application, the two respondents argued that they deserved to be heard before any judgement could be delivered in the matter.

At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, Justice Anka faulted Evans’ lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, for wrongly insinuating that the matter had been fixed for judgement in his letters to the Chief Registrar and the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

According to the judge, the court has obliged to hear the application by the IGP and NPF; therefore there is no way the matter can be reserved for judgement.

The judge later directed that the case file be transmitted to the Admin Judge, Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, for re-assignment to another judge.

Evans is demanding N300 million from the police for illegally detaining him since June 10, 2017, without pressing any charge against him in court, until his eventual arraignment at an Ikeja High Court.

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