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IGP’s Application Stalls Judgement in Evans Case

The much anticipated judgement in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by a suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, challenging his continued detention since June 10, 2017, suffered a hitch at a Federal High Court in Lagos yesterday.

The judgement was yesterday stalled following an application filed by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

At yesterday’s proceedings, lawyer representing the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), David Igbodo, while drawing the court’s attention to the application said his clients deserved to be heard before any judgement would be delivered in the matter.

According to him, one of the reasons for bringing the application was to urge the court to nullify the appearance and submissions of one, Henry Obiazi, who appeared for both the IGP and the NPF on August 16 when the matter was fixed for judgement.

He said the lawyer was not authorized by either the IGP or the NPF to represent them in court. Consequently, he asked the court to set aside the ruling delivered at the last hearing when the matter was fixed for judgement without hearing the IGP and the NPF.

While urging the court to allow him move the application, Igbodo said other respondents in the matter had been served but the applicant rejected service.

In his response, Evans lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, expressed his opposition to the hearing of the application, saying it was intended to arrest the court’s judgement. He also faulted claims by Igbodo that he evaded service of the application on him.

According to him, there was nothing before the court again after parties had canvased arguments and a date for judgement fixed. Ogungbeje’s opposition was however overruled by the judge on the grounds that there were proof that he actually evaded service.

The Newtelegraph News

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