Technicalities has yet again stalled sitting of the Federal High Court in Kaduna at the resumed sitting today in the case of the enforcement of the fundamental rights of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, and had to adjourn sitting to 21st June, 2018.
When the matter came up today, it was for adoption of written addresses and processes. However, the issues and arguments that characterized the previous sitting once again cropped up, as the counsel to the eighth respondent, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), sought to use technicalities to kill the case from the outset.
The arguments centered on the point of law with both counsels throwing in authorities to support their case, giving the trial judge so much to ponder on. Just as it appeared the case was destined for progress however, counsel to the first to fourth respondents, filed yet another application seeking to file a further affidavit in the case. This was vehemently opposed to by the counsel to the members of the Islamic Movement, pointing that it was contrary to the rules and procedures of the Court guiding the conduct of Fundamental Rights proceedings. Consequently, the case was adjourned to June 21 for consideration and determination of the defendants application.