Written by on March 24, 2022

The absence of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) at the Federal High Court on Thursday in Abuja stalled hearing in a suit instituted against his office by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

Although Malami was served with a hearing notice in the suit marked FHC/ ABJ/ CS/ 77/2022, he neither appeared in court nor was represented by a legal practitioner while no explanation was offered for his absence.

Counsel to the NBA, Ibrahim Sunday Ameh, SAN, expressed displeasure over the absence of Malami in court in a suit in which he is a sole defendant.

Ameh informed Justice Donatus Okoronwo that the AGF had filed a memorandum of conditional appearance and counter affidavit to the originating summons of NBA served on him and wondered why the defendant did not deem it fit to be in court.

Justice Okoronwo, in a reaction, confirmed that the AGF was duly served with the hearing notice and originating summons and had even taken steps to file a memorandum of appearance and counter-affidavit on record.

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