Ken Njemanze (SAN), the Lead Counsel to the Deputy Governor of ImoState, Eze Madumere on Monday chided the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Miletus Nlemadim over his role in the purported impeachment plot against Madumere.
Njemanze, during the hearing in a suit filed by Madumere against the state Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Paschal Nnadi, Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Acho Ihim, members of the Imo State House of Assembly, the seven-man Panel of Inquiry and others challenged the alleged constitutional breaches in the impeachment procedures against his client.
The Senior Advocate of Nigerian denounced the role played by the Attorney-General, who was present in court on Monday, July 30,2018, where the presiding Judge, Justice Benjamin Iheka granted explicit order, in the morning, restraining the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Paschal Nnadi, the Speaker with other members of Imo House of Assembly and members of seven-man Panel of Inquiry from any further action pertaining to the impeachment proceeding of Madumere.
The lead Counsel to the Deputy Governor however was shocked when he was informed about 6 hours later on the same day that the members of State House of Assembly had gone ahead with the purported impeachment of Madumere over frivolous allegations.
Said he, “I am disappointed that the Attorney-General, Hon. Miletus Nlemadim who should know the law and advise the House of Assembly appropriately, flagrantly allowed the House to do the wrong thing, thereby disobeying the orders of the Court. It is very unfortunate that he was in court and allowed such illegality to happen.”
Continuing, Njemamze submitted that he had served motion exparte on the respondents to appear in court to say what they knew about the purported impeachment proceeding despite a subsisting court order.
In his defense, Nlemadim stated that some of the respondents had not received the motion summoning them to appear before the court.
It was gathered that respondents 4 to 8 were yet to be served due to non-identification of the contact points.
Against this backdrop, Njemanze prayed that the respondents in question should be served by substituted means through the Office of the Chief Judge since they are members of the seven-man Panel, constituted by the Chief Judge.
Justice Iheka thereafter adjourned the matter to Monday, August 20, 2018 to enable all parties involved in the matter to be served properly.
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