Former Governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako has accused the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta of frustrating his case challenging the legality of his impeachment by allegedly withdrawing the case file from the Adamawa division of the court.
Justice Auta was alleged to have withdrawn the case file few days to the delivery of judgment by the trial judge, Justice Bilikisu Aliyu.
Nyako through his counsel, Olukoya Ogungbeje at a press conference in Abuja appealed to Justice Auta to immediately release the case file to Yola division of the Federal High Court so that the trial judge can deliver judgment in the interest of justice.
However, the Chief Registrar of the Court, Rosemary Dugbo Oghoghorie has dismissed the allegation.
She stated that a counsel in the suit, Festus Keyamo representing the Chief Judge of Adamawa state, Justice Ishaya Banu had petitioned Justice Bilikisu Aliyu on ground of denial of fair hearing and forwarded same to the CJ.
Mrs Oghoghorie added that as a tradition, Justice Auta had to call for the case file to ascertain the validity of the allegation of denial of fair hearing and also forwarded a copy of the petition to the trial judge for her response.
She however added that up till date, the trial judge is yet to respond to the petition against her and that the CJ is still awaiting the response.