A High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has fixed 19 August 2021 for Judgment in a suit filed by the Rivers State government seeking to set aside its earlier judgment that released one hundred and fifty inmates from Port Harcourt Correctional Centre.
The Rivers State government had filed a motion to upturn the Judgement delivered by Justice Ollor for the unconditional release of the one hundred and fifty inmates from Port Harcourt maximum prison after they have spent eight to nine years without appearing in court since they were remanded.
In the court proceeding, counsel to the Rivers State government, C. N. Eke who moved the application to set aside the judgment of Justice Ollor argued that the court should set aside the judgment based on fraud and misrepresentation of facts by defense counsel.
“My prayer is that the court should at least grant us fair hearing and set aside the judgment based on facts and evidences on fraud and misappropriation of facts by the defense council.”
Also, counsel representing the Defendants submitted that the court cannot sit on an appeal over a decision delivered by his learned brother.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Chiwendu Nworgu, after listening to submissions of counsels adjourned to 19 August 2021 for Judgement.
Speaking to journalists outside the courtroom, Oluchi Omereji, counsel representing ‘Access To Freedom International’ the Defendants in the case, said the application to set aside the decision of Justice Ollor was taken and the plaintiff counsel urged the court to step down the judgment on the grounds of fraud, misrepresentation of facts by the Defendants, stressing that only the court’s decision will determine if the application will be set aside or not.
Recall that on 16 December 2020 the High Court presided over by Justice Ollor delivered judgment releasing one hundred and fifty inmates after they had spent more than eight to nine years without appearing in court since they were remanded.