The Federal High Court, Abuja, has issued a warning to a senior lawyer with the Nigerian Immigration Service, Jimoh Adamu to appear in court to defend accusations of “unprofessional conduct” made against him.
The Judge, Justice Iyang Ekwo, gave him February 7 to unfailingly appear in court to show cause on why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for refusing to release the unlawfully seized international passport of former Governor of Rivers State Dr Peter Odili.
Adamu, who for the second time declined to appear in court was given another opportunity in the interest of fair hearing.
At the proceedings, Odili’s counsel, Ifedayo Adedipe addressed the order of December 21, 2021 issued by the court, that the Immigration’s senior lawyer must appear in court today and lamented that for the second time, Adamu was not in court and had bluntly refused to release the passport as ordered by court.
He added that Adamu had consistently failed to attend court despite being served with hearing notice in relation to his pending motion.
Adedipe urged the court to amongst other things, to penalise Adamu for disrespecting the court and treating it with contempt.
However, a counsel who claimed to be a colleague of Adamu, Babagana Abba, apologized to the court for the absence of the senior lawyer adding that he was sick and may find his way to the court later.
Unimpressed with the apology, Justice Ekwo said in the interest of fair hearing, he would give the lawyer another opportunity.
Justice Ekwo subsequently fixed February 7 for the lawyer to appear in court for his defense in the alleged unprofessional conduct.
Adamu has been representing the NIS and its Director General in a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Odili, with which he challenged the seizure of his international passport by the NIS.
By Victoria Abah.