By AHERHOKE OKIOMA
Absence of counsel of Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC) on Tuesday stalled hearing of a suit challenging the use of sole administrator to administer the interventionist agency. Odighonin Nwadighi Adienbo and 10 others had filed a suit at a Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa presided over by Justice Isa Dashen opposing the use of sole administrator to run the NDDC.
The plaintiffs contended that the concept of sole administrator was alien and contrary to the NDDC Act which provides for a board constituted of representatives of all states of the Niger Delta.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and NDDC are listed as first and second defendants in the suit marked FHC/YNG/ CS/135/2021.
When the case was mentioned, Samuel Brisibe, told the court that he was mandated by Counsel to NDDC in the suit, Ume Kalu (SAN), to inform the court of his absence following cancellation of his flight. Brisibe, further appealed to the court to adjourn the case to enable Kalu to personally argue the case as he was not abreast with developments and was merely drafted to inform the court of the reasons behind Kalu’s absence in court.
Goodness Onuoha, Counsel to the plaintiffs, however frowned at the reason advanced by Brisibe adding that the Counsel ought to have arrived at Yenagoa on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s hearing date. Onuoha urged the court to prevail on the defence to refrain from delaying the dispensation of justice.
Dashen adjourned the suit to June 28 for continuation of hearing. Dashen had on April 5th, 2022, granted an interim order restraining the Federal Government from using sole administrator to run the NDDC pending the determination of the pending suit.