The Federal High Court in Kaduna has adjourned sitting in the case of the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria to 22nd March, 2018 for hearing.
At the resumed sitting today, the trial judge frowned at the absence of the seventh and eighth defendants to the case even when it was clear they have been clearly served. “They can’t drag the case back,” he said. “If they like let them not make an appearance. I will continue the case and give my judgement.”
Both the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) didn’t make an appearance in the case. However, the Director of State Security (DSS) who wasn’t in the court the previous sitting was today represented by Barr Bulus, who still didn’t file any reply, claiming that he wasn’t familiar with the case. In his response, the judge said that the court would not give any extra time in the case, so if he likes he should do all the necessary filing before the next adjourned date or the court will be compelled to proceed without further waiting.
In the meantime, counsel to the first to fifth respondents, filed his response but service to the counsel to the applicants was only served in court. He said he will reply with a further affidavit and needed time. Consequently, the case was adjourned to March 22 for hearing.