The absence of Justice Ahmed Mohammed of a Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, stalled the suit filed by former Imo Governor, Rochas Okorocha, against the state government and others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Mohammed had, on Sept. 22, fixed today for hearing an application, challenging its jurisdiction in the suit filed by Okorocha.
NAN reports that in the last adjourned date, the former governor’s counsel, Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, had urged the court to fix another date to take the motion, challenging its jurisdiction, and moved for an adjournment on the ground that he was bereaved.
The prayer for adjournment was not opposed by counsel to defendants in the suit, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Although the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/508/20 was number 14 on the Wednesday’s cause list, the case could not proceed due to the judge’s absence.
NAN reports that Okorocha, who currently represents Imo West Senatorial District, in a suit filed on May 28, 2020, had urged the court to restrain the EFCC and others from probing him.
While the EFCC is the 1st respondent, the 2nd to 48th respondents are the Attorney General (AG) of Imo and members of the seven panels set up to probe previous administrations in the state.
NAN also reports that Okorocha had, on June 29, urged the court to make an order setting aside the seizure and sealing of some of his property by the state government.
Okorocha also asked the court to restrain the defendants from investigating him or implementing the recommendations of the seven panels set up to probe him while he served as the state governor between June 2006 and May 2019, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
Meanwhile Eze Duri-Ihuoma, SAN, who is 44th defendant and appearing for himself in the matter, told NAN shortly after the case was adjourned on Sept. 22 that the suit filed by Okorocha did not disclose any reasonable cause of action, hence, the court lacked jurisdiction to hear it.
According to him, the subject matter jurisdiction is not there in the suit and that the application is alien to the law.
“The applicant is claiming that because the EFCC is investigating him, the state government should fold his hands and not probe him.
“That is alien. Some of us had also argued that the former governor was simply saying, ‘extend my immunity.’
“But his immunity ended when he left office and he wants that immunity extended,” he said.
The lawyer said he was hopeful that the suit would be dismissed because it lacked merit.
However, as at the time of filing the report, the court was yet to fix another date for the matter.
God might have said it’s Atiku’s turn to become president in 2023 – Wife, Titi
Titi Atiku-Abubakar, wife of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has revealed the reason why she won’t tell her husband to stop running for the position of the country.
She said she cannot tell her husband not to play politics because God might has said 2023 is the right time for him to become the president.
Titi stated this during an interview with The PUNCH, where she was asked, since 1992, your husband former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has been running unsuccessfully to be the President. Will you encourage him to try one more time?
“When my husband was in school, he was into politics. And once you are a politician, you will continue to be a politician. Yes, he has been in politics, since the time of MKO Abiola, but it is destiny. If God said the time is not ripe, there’s nothing one can do. You continue trying. God says we should pray without ceasing, and we shall continue to pray. If it is your heart desire, you continue to pray to God and worry Him, until He gives you that thing you want. So, I cannot tell my husband not to play politics. Maybe, God has said this is the right time for him,” she said.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Atiku, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate lost the 2019 election to President Muhammadu Buahri of the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Football manager dies of heart attack while celebrating team’s 92nd minute winner in Egypt
An Egyptian second division manager, Adham El-Selhadar has died after suffering a heart attack while celebrating his team’s last minute win.
The sad incident happened on Thursday, Dec 2, when El-Magd scored a 92nd minute goal to defeat SC El-Zarqa at home.
El Magd manager, El-Selhadar, watched on as his side scored against El-Zarqa in the 92nd minute to progress up to seventh in the table on 14 points in the Egyptian Second League match.
Amongst all the wild celebrations and drama, coach Adham El-Selhadar collapsed on the sidelines as players and staff ran over to check what had happened.
He was attended to by medics before being taken to hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
El-Selhadar had been a professional player in the 1990s, winning the Egyptian Premier League and Egypt Cup before becoming a coach.