The absence of Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Thursday stalled the hearing of a suit filed by a group against the police over the suspension of Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police
Although counsel to the applicant, the Incorporated Trustees of Northern Peace Foundation, Hamza N’Dantani, was in court, the court registrar apologised over the inability of the judge to sit.
The matter, which was number six on the cause list, was, however, fixed for April 4 for hearing.
It would be recalled that the matter could not proceed on Jan. 12, due to the absence of counsel to the plaintiff and the respondents in the suit.
Justice Okorowo then adjourned the matter until Feb. 10 (today) for hearing.
The foundation, in a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/854/2021, sought to stop the police and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) from arresting and extraditing DCP Kyari, to face trial in the United States.
The suit filed on Aug. 9, 2021, is praying the court to grant a temporary order of injunction against the police and the AGF pending the hearing and final determination of the substantive suit.
The matter came up for the first time before Justice Okorowo on Jan. 12.
The case, which was earlier before Justice Ahmed Mohammed, was reassigned to Justice Okorowo.
Okorowo, on the last adjourned date, ordered that hearing notices be issued on the parties.
Abba Kyari was allegedly indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in an alleged multi-million-naira advanced fee fraud, said to have been perpetrated by a Nigerian, Ramon Olorunwa Abbass, popularly known as Hussipuppi.