Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has suspended the ongoing trial of former Head of Service of the Federation (HoSoF), Winifred Oyo-Ita, and her co-defendants due to the way and manner the Economic and Financial Crime s Commission (EFCC) is handling the case.
The Judge ordered stay of proceedings in the matter because of the EFCC lawyer’s alleged failure to obey an order of the court.
The court had directed that the parallel cases filed against the 4th, 5th and 6th defendants pending before another judge of the court be discontinued.
At a resumed sitting on Wednesday, Justice Taiwo said the EFCC’s conduct was an act of “judge-shopping” targeted at getting a favourable court judgment.
The judge noted that the EFCC conduct was “reprehensible and condemnable” and was a contemptuous move.
Consequently, the court ordered a stay of proceedings in the trial until the EFCC and its lawyer “do the needful” by withdrawing the application before the other court.