Although counsel to the parties in the matter, including the defendants, were in court, the judge, Mr Taiwo, was not in court.
The case could not also hold on October 20, 2020, because the judge, who sat during the annual vacation of the Federal High Court, proceeded on leave.
The matter was, however, fixed for December 1.
When the matter came up on December 1, 2020, counsel to the former HoS, Paul Erokoro, and other defendants’ lawyers, urged the court to adjourn the trial sine die over alleged abuse of court process by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The judge then adjourned the ruling on the application by the defendants’ counsel until December 3, 2020, but the matter could not hold, and was later fixed for January 13.
However, the matter did not come up as scheduled and the lawyers involved in the case took another date after the court registrar informed them that the court would not be sitting.
The case was then fixed for January 28.