Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt has adjourned the hearing on the appointment of chief judge of Rivers State to June 29, 2015, to enable parties in the matter to appropriately file their briefs for the hearing to commence.
The court presided over by Justice M. I. Garba adjourned the hearing after listening to applications on the regularisation of processes to ensure hearing on the substantive matter that has punctured the state judicial process since August 2013, following the retirement of Justice Iche Ndu as chief judge.
There were three cases before the court that hinged on the appointment of the chief judge.
The counsel to Justice Peter Agumagu, Belu Olisa Nwafor (SAN) told reporters that the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Nwogu Boms had not yet been served, as well as the Attorney General of the Federation who is also involved in the matter.
According to Nwofor, “The court called the cases and it appeared that the Attorney-General of Rivers State who forwarded an application to appeal as an interested party has not been served, and the Attorney-General of the Federation too.
“Also, the first respondent who brought the matter in the Federal High Court and sued everybody, including the National Judicial Commission, NJC, Justice Agumagu has also not properly filed his own brief of argument in spite of being served eight months ago.”
Counsel to Justice Daisy Okocha, Emmanuel Aguma said that the matters that were brought up would ensure that the appeal was heard.
He said: “Basically, procedural matters were addressed today. All of the three matters concerning the appointment of a substantive Chief Judge of the state, and basically, all that came up, are interlocutory applications of joiner or regularizing processes…”


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