Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta yesterday ordered Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed to go ahead with the hearing of the trial of former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, over alleged fraud amounting to N3.1billionn Benue shares.
A highly placed Federal High Court source in Abuja yesterday confirmed to Nigerian Pilot that the chief judge had asked the judge that presided over the matter to continue hearing in the case hence there were no complain either from the prosecution or the defence over alleged bias against the judge.
A new date is expected to be communicated to parties in the case for continuation of trial.
Justice Mohammed had on Monday withdrawn from the on-going trial of Suswam over the N3.1 fraud, money laundering and breach of trust case.
The judge withdrew from the trial in protest of an allegation by an online medium, Sahara Reporters, that he had been compromised by the former governor to give judgment in his favour.
At the resumed trial, Justice Mohammed raised the issue of the publication by Sahara Reporters, which he said had brought disrepute to his image and that of the Federal High Court as an institution in the eyes of ordinary Nigerians.
He added that the court had been caught in between two devils because wherever the pendulum of his decision swung at the end of the trial, the issue of the publication could be used to justify or rubbish the outcome of the trial.
He stated that it is in the interest of justice that he stepped down from the trial for another judge in the interest of the public.
He subsequently announced his withdrawal from the trial and the transfer of the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Auta, for reassignment to another judge.
But counsel to the federal government, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and that of Suswan, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN) said that the publication was the handiwork of mischief makers who were bent on frustrating the trial.
They asked the court not to receive the publication with any seriousness, as the accusers were faceless.


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