Earlier today, a Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned indefinitely the contempt trial of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.
Justice Stephen Pam adjourned the trial to a date that will be communicated to parties in the suit by the authorities of the Federal High Court.
Although the INEC chief was ordered to appear in court personally to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for violating the court order, he was however represented by a legal practitioner, Samuel Omale who informed Justice Pam that the ruling of the Court of Appeal which stayed the execution of the bench warrant issued against Yakubu was ready for service on parties.
He subsequently served the appellate court ruling on Emmanuel Okoye, who stood for the applicants in the contempt matter. In a short ruling, Justice Pam adjourned the trial pending the hearing of the appeal slated for September 17 at the appellate court. However, counsel to the applicants requested a specific date for the hearing of the matter, arguing that section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), does not allow a stay of proceedings in a criminal matter.
Justice Pam, subsequently adjourned the matter and informed the parties that a date for continuation of the trial shall be communicated to them, when the court resumes from its annual vacation in September.