– Justice Okon Abang of a federal high court in Abuja says he would consider issuing an arrest warrant for Senator Hope Uzodinma for failing to show up for his court case
– Prosecuting counsel Ukpong said Uzodinma refused to honour court dates despite being duly served with charges and summons
– The Senator’s lawyer Ogueju-Dike argued that his client was out of the country but assured that he would produce him at the next court hearing
A federal high court in Abuja has threatened to order the arrest of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo state in the just concluded general elections Senator Hope Uzodinma.
The Nation reports that the court said it would issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the senator who represents Imo West in the current 8th National Assembly if his lawyer I. E. Ogueju-Dike fails to produce him.
Lawyer to the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) said, since filing charges against the lawmaker in October, the agency has been unable to make Uzodinma honour court’s hearing notices.
According to Ukpong, the SPIP was investigating Senator Uzodinma over a $10million contract for the dredging of Calabar Port, which he and his company allegedly failed to execute after being paid by government.
Ukpong said since the senator was avoiding coming to court despite being served with the charge and several hearing notices, he urged the presiding judge to order Uzodinma’s arrest.
Senator Uzodinma’s lawyer disagreed with the prayer and accused the prosecuting counsel of trying to portray his client as a criminal which he was not. He however assured that he would make sure the senator was in court for the nest hearing.
After hearing the two sides, Justice Okon Abang considered the plea by Uzodinma’s lawyer and his promise to produce him in court.
However, the judge ruled that it would be forced to accept the prosecution’s application for an arrest warrant if the senator was still missing in court on the adjourned date of Thursday, April 18.
Meanwhile, Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha has accused the governor-elect of the state, Emeka Ihedioha, of impersonating him.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the governor made the accusation in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, April 9 by his spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo.
Angered by the recent actions of Ihedioha, Okorocha reminded the incoming governor that he was still handling the affairs of the state as embedded in the constitution.
Okorocha, who also criticised the two committees raised by the governor-elect, said it smacked signs of lack of vision of what governance entails.
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