Counsel of detained alleged kidnapper Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike a.k.a. Evans, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, Thursday failed to appear for the hearing on the N300 million fundamental human rights lawsuit he initiated against the Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP) for “unlawful” detention of the kidnap kingpin. The case, scheduled before Justice Abdulaziz Anka of the Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, could not proceed as Mr. Ogungbeje, was absent in court claiming he took ill.
Ogungbeje had written to the court, seeking an adjournment on the grounds of ill health.
But Justice Anka awarded a punitive cost of N20,000 against him for what he described as unprofessional conduct, saying that Ogungbeje wrote to the court, seeking an adjournment on the grounds of ill health but did not send a copy of the letter to the counsel to the police.
The judge said it is unprofessional for a lawyer to communicate with a judge without carrying the other parties along and warned Ogungbeje to desist from such conduct.
Ruling on the case, Justice Anka held, "The court has noted the conduct of counsel, who wrote to the court without copying other parties. This is unprofessional. The court hereby warns the counsel to desist from such a conduct."