State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene resumes hearing in the case between EFCC and Akwa Ibom State Government

A State High Court sitting in Ikot Ekpene has resumed hearing in the matter which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, wants the Court to dismiss the case brought by the Akwa Ibom State Government, seeking to stop EFCC from investigating current and past officials of the state government.
At the resumed sitting, all the parties in the suit unanimously passed a vote of confidence in the Presiding Judge, Justice Ntong F. Ntong.

This was against the backdrop of allegations that the Judge restrained the EFCC from probing Akwa Ibom State Government’s financial transactions.
Before the commencement of proceedings, both the Plaintiff and the Defense Counsels served various processes, bordering on the preliminary objections to the suit; courts jurisdiction to entertain the matter, and striking out of names of persons in the matter.

In his argument, Counsel to EFCC, Barrister Ben Ubi described the documents as voluminous and requested for time to enable individual Counsels to read and react.
Midway into the proceedings, the Presiding Judge, Justice Ntong raised the issue of media publications by two Lawyers who alleged that the judge gave a questionable court injunction.
The Judge who expressed displeasure over the allegation, threatened to send back the case to the Chief Judge for re-assignment.
Akwa Ibom State Government was represented by the immediate-past Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko, the Solicitor- General, Barrister Gloria Umoren and five other lawyers.

AKBC Judiciary Correspondent, Harrison Essien reports that the case has been adjourned to November 22, 2016 for hearing pending applications.

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