Drama ensued on Monday at the Federal High Court in Abuja in the N100 billion suit by Senator Ifeanyi Ararume against President Muhammadu Buhari when two Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Professor, Kayinsola Ajayi and Etigwa Uwa staged a walkout on the court.
Ajayi, a Professor of law and Uwa had appeared before Justice Inyang Ekwo to represent the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited [NNPCL] in the suit by Ararume challenging his removal as the Chairman of the oil company.
The Professor of law who led a retinue of lawyers on behalf of the NNPCL had sought to move three different applications comprising one asking the Court to stay proceedings pending the appeal against the ruling of the Federal High Court delivered on January 11, 2023.
Ajayi, after identifying the processes filed by NNPC against the suit, argued that the motion seeking a stay of proceedings must be heard separately and a ruling delivered by the Judge before any other motion should be entertained.
The Judge, however, informed the Senior lawyer to move all the applications together and that he would deliver separate rulings in each of the applications so as to save judicial time of the Court.