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JUST IN: Federal High Court returns Justice Abang to Abuja, posts Justice Dimgba to Asaba



A new re -deployment by the management of the Federal High Court has brought back a prominent judge of the court , Justice Okon Abang , to the Abuja Division , from where he was posted to Asaba division two years ago .
The new redeployment according to a circular by the Chief Judge , Justice Adamu Abdu – Kafarati , is to take effect from February 11 .

Our correspondent obtained the circular dated January 21 , 2019 , on Wednesday morning.

Judges affected by the redeployment announced in the circular included Justice Nnamdi Dimgba , who is posted to Asaba to replace Justice Abang .

Justice Dimgba who is reputed for speedy hearing and determination of both civil and criminal cases in Abuja was appointed a judge in 2015 and has since remained in Abuja Division , his first posting .

The rest of the judges with new postings are Justice Babs Kuewumi , who is redeployed from Lagos to Ado – Ekiti ; Justice Babatunde Quadri , from Abuja to Maiduguri ; Justice Taiwo Taiwo , from Ado – Ekiti to Abuja; and Justice J . K Dagat from Maiduguri to Lagos .

The circular titled, ‘ Further posting of judges ’ , added a note which read , “ Hon . Justice B . O Kuewumi will resume in Ekiti on February 4 , while all other judges affected by the transfer will resume in their division on February 11 ” .

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Although Justice Abang was redeployed to Asaba in January 2017 , he was given the authority by the Chief Judge of the court , Justice Abdu – Kafarati , to continue to hear some part – heard criminal cases in the Abuja division .

Some of the cases he continued to hear in Abuja included those of a former spokesperson for the Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh , a former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako , and the late former Chief of Defence Staff , Alex Badeh .

With the new redeployment , it is believed that the cases being handled by the judge would be given an expedited hearing .

Before the new posting, Justice Abang , who had often expressed his desire to give effect to the relatively new provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act relating to speedy trial , had only been able to devote only a week in two or three months to the cases .

But back in Abuja , the judge will be able to devote more time to the cases .

It is believed that Justice Dimgba, who is expected to resume in the Asaba Division of the court on February 11 , will also be given the authority to conclude a number of high profile criminal cases pending before him .

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Such cases included those of a former aide to former Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Abiodun Agbele ; former Chief of Air Staff , Mohammed Umar ; former President Goodluck Jonathan ’ s cousin , Robert Azibaola, among others .

During his stay in Abuja , Justice Dimgba has churned out judgments with far -reaching implications , including the one which ordered the reinstatement of Senator Ovie Omo – Agege .