Evans vs IGP: Court Fixes Judgement For Sept. 5

The much awaited judgment in the fundamental human rights suit filed against  the Inspector-General of Police(IGP), Ibrahim Idris and three others, by suspected billionaire kidnapper, Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans has been adjourned till September 5.

Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka of the Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos had, earlier fixed August 29,  to deliver judgement in the N300 million damage slammed against the police chief and others while challenging his continued detention.

But due to fresh application filed by IGP and the Nigeria Police Force ( NPF), the court fixed another  date for the judgment.

At yesterday's proceedings, lawyer representing the IGP and NPF,  David Igbodo, while drawing the court’s attention to the application, said his clients deserved to be heard before any judgement can 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 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. 

He however, 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 have 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 is nothing before the court again after parties have canvased arguments and a date for judgement fixed. 

Ogungbeje's opposition was however overruled by the judge on the ground that there are proof that he actually evaded service. 

Hearing of the application has been fixed for September 5.

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