Court reserves ruling on trial involving Former House of Representatives member, Hon. Nze Chidi-Duru
The court trial involving the Vice Chairman of First Guarantee Pensions Limited and a former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Nze Chidi-Duru resumed today at the Federal Capital Territory, High Court at about 0900hrs.
On arrival, the legal counsel to the former House of Representatives member were served with a written counter to their preliminary objection which was received with an oral apology tendered by the prosecuting counsel.
According to his Special Assistant on media and strategy, Osita Ogbuagu Jr., when the case was called, lawyer to the former House of Representatives member informed the court that he was ready to move preliminary objection and sought the leave of the court to address the court on point of law given that the prosecution counsel had just served him in the open court his reply to their preliminary objection.
Justice Peter Affen granted the counsels prayer and he immediately adopted a preliminary objection and the relevant affidavit in support of it. Counsel to Chidi-Duru anchored his preliminary objection to the charge on three legs i.e. That it was an abuse of court process, it was against subsisting judgements of court and also an affront to a valid restraining order of court.
The counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in reply opposed the preliminary objection and stated that the judgements of the court relied upon by the defense counsel were based on a civil suit and therefore have no bearing to the current charge.
He further urged the court to disregard the judgements. After hearing both sides, the Honorable Justice in his wisdom reserved ruling till a later date which he said would be communicated to all parties involved.