Senator Uzodinma's absence in court stalls arraignment, The absence of serving Senator Hope Uzodinma of Orlu Zone, Imo (West) State on Tuesday stalled his arraignment in a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court‎.



 The absence of serving Senator Hope Uzodinma of Orlu Zone, Imo (West) State on Tuesday stalled his arraignment in a Kubwa Grade 1 Area Court‎.

The judge Abdulwahab Mohammed said the matter was coming up for the first time and would not issue an arrest warrant as prayed by the complainant's counsel, Tosin Ojaomo.‎
He however adjourned the matter in the interest of justice until Sept. 18 for definite ‎arraignment of the defendants.
The defendants are Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Smiec Engineering and Chemical construction company‎ and Niger Global Engineering and Technical company Limited.
The complainant‎s, Chitex Ventures Ltd and Chima Akuzie had made a Direct Criminal Complaint against the defendants over issuance of a UBA N200 million cheque given by the defendant to the complainants without funds in the said account. ‎
The defendants counsel, Barr. Eze Oguaju filed a motion on notice of preliminary objection dated Sept. 10 challenging the jurisdiction of the court on the matter.
He also informed the court that the defendants were not properly served citing Sect.123 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) which provides that a court summon should be delivered personally.

He further said the other defendants that are companies are located at Lagos state and Port harcourt adding that Sen. Uzodinma was not served personally.

The complainant's counsel, Ojaomo in response said the defendants preliminary objection cannot be heard unless the defendants have taken their plea.

He said the fact that the defendants are represented by a counsel in court, means they are aware of the criminal court summon issued against them.

Ojaomo said the Senator is the Director of SMIEC Engineering and Chemical construction and Niger Global Engineering and Technical companies therefore they are humans in the sight of the law.‎

He therefore prayed for the court to issue a bench warrant against the defendants to compel their arrest.

The ‎court thereafter adjourned the matter to the 18th of September, 2018 for appearance of Sen. Hope Uzodinma else a warrant of arrest will be issued if he fails to appear in court in person.


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