RIVERS JUDICIARY: High Court Judge Withdraws from Obio Akpor vs Police Matter
LEGISREPORTS NG – A federal High Court Judge in Port Harcourt H. A. Nganjiwa has withdrawn from the matter involving Obio Akpo caretaker Committee Chairman Chikodi Dike and the Rivers State Police Commissioner and the Inspector General of Police over the blockade of the Obio Akpo council Secretariat.
Justice H. A. Nganjiwa made the withdrawal after counsel to the Police Donald Dee Wigwe (SAN) filed an application asking the court to hands off from adjucating the matter or disqualifying itself from the matter.
The Details of the petition is yet to be known to newsmen.
Meanwhile counsel to the Police, Donald Dee Wigwe (SAN) told LEGISREPORTS after the sitting that the judge had earlier pronounced that the validity of the appointment of the caretaker committee which is their major contention in the matter is not an issue.
He said the judge has no free mind to give them a fair hearing.
Dee Wigwe said he asked the Judge to disqualify himself from the case and send the file back to administrative office of the court for reassignment. Also counsel to the Obio Akpor caretaker Mr. Emenike Ebete explained that the counsel to the Police , and the PDP wrote a petition to the administrative judge of the Federal High Court after the judge failed to join the PDP and the suspended elected Obio Akpor council chairman Timothy Nsirim as parties in the matter.
“The judge that handled the matter was biased and they also followed it up with a motion praying the court to disqualify itself from this matter, that was what was done this morning and the Judge looked at it and there was no need since PDP was at stake, so there was no need for him to go on with anything whatsoever, so he reassigned, he sent back the file to the admin judge for reassignment of the case” he said.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Port Harcourt.