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Justice in Honeywell, Ecobank suit assures of impartiality

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—Justice Mohammed Idris of a Federal High Court, Lagos, has told counsel to Ecobank, Mr Kunle Ogunba, SAN, that he will not be intimidated nor influenced in the discharge of his judicial duties.

Justice Idris said this when the matter between Honeywell and Ecobank came up for trial before the court.

Meanwhile, the court has adjourned further hearing in the matter till December 1, 2016.

Prior to Justice Idris’ comments, counsel to Ecobank, Mr Ogunba, had applied to the Judge to either excuse himself from adjudicating on the matter or await the decision of the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, in respect of Ecobank’s petition against Justice Idris.

As reported in the media, Ecobank wrote to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court asking that the matter between it and Honeywell be withdrawn from Justice Idris, citing a lack of confidence and bias
against Justice Idris.

In response, counsel to Honeywell, Bode Olanipekun informed the court that he only became aware of the petition written by Ecobank in the media on November 16, 2016.

Justice Idris stated that if all judges were to excuse themselves from cases simply because litigants criticized their rulings and judgments, the judiciary would soon find itself in a situation where litigants choose the judges to adjudicate on their matters and this was not in the interest of the law.

Justice Idris adjourned the matter to December 1, for trial.


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