By Olalekan Awojodu
The much-anticipated trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may have suffered a setback as judges of the Federal High Court has slated July 26th for the commencement of their annual vacation.
Gavel International reports that upon the arrest of the embattled IPOB agitator helmsman, he was remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services on the order of Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Investigation by our Correspondent revealed that going by the date slated for the hearing of his case, Kanu may remained in DSS custody till September.
Meanwhile, the judges’ vacation will last till September 17, 2021.
In a vacation notice which was issued by the Chief Information Officer of the Federal High Court, Catherine Christopher, in Abuja, on Monday, Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, was quoted to have made the announcement.
According to the statement, the 2021 annual vacation was necessary for the judges to rest and prepare for the new legal year.
It reads in part, “Pursuant to the provisions of Order 46, Rule 4 (d) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, that the Federal High Court will proceed on its Annual Vacation for the Year 2021 from Monday the 26th day of July, 2021 to Friday the 17th September, 2021.
“The Court resumes sitting on Monday the 20th of September, 2021.”
It also stated that only the core divisions of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt will remain functional throughout the vacation.
The vacation judges who are to sit during the period are Justice A. R. Mohammed and Justice O.E. Egwuatu for Abuja Division; Justice I. N. Oweibo and Justice Tijjani Ringim for Lagos Division; and Justice S. D. Pam and Justice A. T. Mohammed for Port Harcourt Division.
The statement also stressed that during the vacation “only cases of extreme urgency, such as the arrest of Ship(s) and Fundamental Rights Enforcement are to be entertained.”