Judgement in the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, challenging his continued detention since June 10, 2017, at a Federal High Court in Lagos was yesterday stalled due to an application filed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to stay the ruling of the court.
During yesterday’s proceedings, lawyer representing the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), David Igbodo, while drawing the court’s attention to the application filed before the court said that the IGP and the Nigeria Police deserved to be heard before any judgement could be delivered in the matter.
He told the court that the lawyer was not authorized by either the IGP or the NPF to represent them in court.
Consequently, he urged 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.
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 the service of the application on him.
According to him, there was nothing before the court again after parties had canvassed arguments and a date for judgement has been fixed.
Ogungbeje’s opposition was however overruled by the presiding judge, Abdulazeez Anka on the ground that there was proof that he actually evaded service.
Thereafter, Justice Anka adjourned the case till September 5, 2017, for hearing of the application.