By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
Presiding judge, Justice K N Ogbonnaya of Federal Capital Territory High Court Abuja sitting in Kubwa has ordered the sacked General superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Rev Paul Emeka to appear before it in January over the case of forgery pending before it.
The trial Judge had in October 2016 ordered the embattled Emeka, three members of the trustees of the church to appear before the court on November 30th.
But at the resumed sitting on Wednesday Pastor Ejikeme Ejim who is the assistant General Superintendent, Rev Johnson Odin (retd) and Dr. Rev Godwin Akpan Amaowoh, General Secretary were all present except Rev Paul Emeka who sent a Former Director of administration of the church Rev Emeka Eze on the grounds that he was down with malaria and tyhoid fever.
The Judge also ordered that counsel to the defendant Ifeanyichukwu Obasi- Nweze should produce in court on the next adjourned date one Promise Uzoma Okoro a blogger that allegedly wrote an article against her that embattled Paul Emeka bribed her not to hear the matter.
The Judge also told counsel to the applicant Mr. J U Ajii to ensure that his client (Rev Paul Emeka) appeared before her on the said date.
It will be recalled that Justice K.N Ogbonnaya had given an Order for stay of Proceeding at the Upper Area Court,But the Upper Area Court did not stay proceedings due to the emergence of the Attorney General in the case on the 30th of August 2016
Justice Umar Yusuf Kargarko of the Upper Area Court sitting in Gudu had in October struck out the Direct Criminal Complaint case Instituted against Rev Paul Emeka by the Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria over the failure of the Attorney who had taken over the case to show up in Court.
Subsequently Justice Ogbonnaya adjourned to January 20,2017 for hearing.