Following the delay in the alleged Diploma Certificate forgery case instituted against a member of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan, at the Federal High Court, Jos, by Mr. Abdul Nasir Saleh, a political interest group, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami to accelerate hearing on the case.
In a petition signed by its Deputy Chairman, Mr. Ahmed Sani, the group observed that hearing on the case had ceased since 20th October, 2016, following the testimony given by the University of Jos in which the institution denied issuing the certificate to Hassan, adding that without any obvious reason the court had not sat on the case for a period of about six months.
According to the petition, which was also copied to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, the group also expressed concern over non sitting over other criminal and civil cases under Court-2 judge, Justice Musa Kurya.
Reiterating the need to continue the case, the group explained that the case was a pre-election matter filed over two years ago, lamenting that it has been tactically delayed till now, and adding that the tenure of office of House of Assembly is four years, and fast running out.
The group therefore called on the CJN, the AGF and Chief Judge of Federal High Court to as a matter of fairness, justice and democratic development direct the presiding judge to resume hearing of the case, and indeed other criminal cases before him, adding that ‘justice delayed is Justice denied.’
20 March, 2017