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New judge for suit against Yar’Adua’s CSO

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi of an Abuja High Court yesterday assumed jurisdiction over a public interest litigation commenced by a businessman, Mr. Abdulkarim Umar, against the Chief Security Officer to President Umaru Yar’Adua, Mr Yusuf Tilde.

The take-over of the suit by the judge followed the re-assignment of the case by the Abuja High Court Chief Judge, Justice Lawal Gummi.

Justice Sunday Aladetoyinbo started hearing in the case until he washed off his hands following a letter by the defence counsel in the case alleging bias against him in the matter.

Aladetoyinbo had said all through his career on the Bench, he was never insulted as he experienced in the case.

He vowed to take up the matter by reporting the affected counsel to the disciplinary organ of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

The case started de novo yesterday before the new judge who granted the request by the plaintiff in the case to amend his originating summons.
The defence, represented by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, had said it would appeal the innocuous ruling handed down by the  judge yesterday.

Umar had sued Tilde for allegedly deploying armed security operatives to forcibly dispossess him of his landed property in Asokoro on the account that the res is within what he called “buffer/security zone of the Presidential Villa.”

The court had summoned Tilde to appear before it to explain whether self-help was available to him to enter and dispossess the plaintiff of his property, even if his claim was true, without recourse to due process of law.


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