Federal High Court Judge Warns Against Private Messages in N5bn Lawsuit, Vows to Protect Privacy

Federal High Court Judge Warns Against Private Messages in N5bn Lawsuit, Vows to Protect Privacy

…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media. Judge Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has issued a cautionary statement, urging individuals not to send him private messages regarding the N5bn lawsuit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Senator Stella Oduah and others.

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Expressing his concern over a breach of privacy, the judge warned that security agencies would be deployed to investigate and apprehend the individual responsible.

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Judge Ekwo emphasized that his records were public documents accessible to those who adhered to public laws.

Prosecution and Defence Lawyers Discuss Possible Resolution

During the proceedings, defence lawyers informed the court of pending applications and discussions to be held with the prosecution.

Ogwu Onoja, counsel for Crystal Television Limited (the 7th defendant), informed the court that his client had already paid nearly 95% of the disputed amount to the anti-graft agency and was awaiting a response.

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Judge Sets Conditions for Trial and Potential Trial Date

Judge Ekwo emphasized that once the case was filed in court, the defendants would be required to enter their plea.

While acknowledging the ongoing efforts towards resolution, the judge highlighted that if the dialogue failed, the trial would commence.

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The case has been adjourned to June 15, by which date the court expects either a progress report or the commencement of the trial.

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