Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja deferred hearing of the case submitted by former Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha to contest the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s suspected corruption probe.
The judge adjourned the case originally scheduled for Tuesday’s hearing to await the decision of the outgoing Federal High Court Chief Judge,
Justice Adamu Abdu-Kafarati, following a letter from the EFCC requesting the reassignment of the cases to another court judge.
Tuesday, Justice Taiwo adjourned the case of Okorocha until July 2. At the trial on Tuesday, the attorneys representing the complainant and five of the six participants to the case were present.
Only the Police Inspector-General joined as the 2nd respondent was not represented by a lawyer.
The remainder of the participants– the Federation Attorney General, the State Security Service, the EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other associated offenses Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau, sent attorneys to the courts.
After the attorneys announced their appearance in court on Tuesday, the lawyer of the plaintiff, Mr. Sunday Onubi, reminded the judge that the case of Okorocha was planned for a hearing.
In reply, Justice Taiwo said, “I’m not actually going to take the matter today.” I am still awaiting the Chief Judge’s decision on the letter published by the 4th respondent (EFCC). “The judge then adjourned the case until 2 July.
In a letter sent to the Federal High Court Chief Judge on May 21, 2019, the EFCC accused Justice Taiwo of being biased against it.
The letter personally signed by the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, was in protest against the ex parte orders issued by Justice.
Taiwo on May 9 and 14, restricting the commission from continuing its investigations of certain allegations of corruption against Saraki and Okorocha.