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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Sikiku Ayuk Tabe: Judge’s absence stalls hearing on detained Southern Cameroonian leaders’ case in Abuja High Court

AN Abuja Federal High Court Judge, Hon. Justice A.I.Chikere has rescheduled hearing in the case brought by Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine other Southern Cameroonian leaders challenging their abduction at NERA Hotel, Abuja on January 5th, last year.

 When the team of lawyers led by Femi Falana, (SAN)  Abdul Oroh and five Cameroonian lawyers stormed the court, they were informed that Justice Chikere had traveled to Lagos to attend a seminar.

The case was adjourned to Monday, 28th January, 2019.

The court was besieged by family members from Zaria, Kano  Makurdi, Yola, Katsina, Calabar and Uyo.

Many Southern Cameroonian refugees in Abuja wearing #JUSTICE4NERA10 also besieged the court.

Secretary General of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Peter  Ozo-Eson expressed concern about the abduction and deportation of the leaders who are mostly university professors, trade unionists and lawyers.

Ozo-Eson said the NLC and its affiliate organizations like the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) would mobilise their membership to attend the next hearing  and campaign for the release of NERA 10.

The lead counsel from Cameroon, Barrister John Fru Nsoh expressed disappointed that the adjournment was not communicated to the lawyers early enough.

”This is at great expense to us. It is not fair, to us and our clients who are languishing in a maximum security prison in Cameroon,” he said.

Sisiku Ayuk Tabe was arrested in January 2018 in Abuja for engaging in a clandestine meeting against Cameroonian authorities.