July 22, 2022
A Federal high court in Abuja has issued a seven-day ultimatum to a senior advocate of Nigeria, Rotimi Jacobs, to show why he should not be disqualified from further prosecuting a former Abia state governor, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu in a n7.2 billion money laundering charges.
Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order while delivering a ruling in a motion filed by Rotimi Jacobs chambers seeking the transfer of the trial to the Lagos state division of the court.
In the ruling, Justice Ekwo held that the senior lawyer and his team have engaged in gross abuse of the court process in the ways and manners the prosecution was being handled.
He dismissed the request to transfer the trial to Lagos on the ground that only the chief judge of the federal high court, Justice John Tsoho can do so in line with section 98 of the administration of criminal justice act 2015.