The judge of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Inyang Ekwo, has warned people against sending him private messages regarding the N5bn suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Sen. Stella Oduah and others.
Ekwo, who described the action of those sending him the private messages as an intrusion of his privacy, gave the warning after the counsel for Oduah (1st defendant), Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), and that of Crystal Television Limited (7th defendant), Ogwu Onoja (SAN), confirmed that moves were on to resolve the matter without going through a trial.
Thereafter, the judge said, “Somebody has been breaching my privacy on this matter by sending me messages concerning this matter saying he is part of a concerned group. I will send security agencies to fish him out. You cannot be intruding into my privacy.”
While condemning the act, Ekwo noted that his records were public documents that could be assessed by anybody after complying with public laws.
Also condemning the act, the prosecuting counsel, Dr Hassan Liman (SAN), who appeared for the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation, said even if the person was a party in the suit, he had no right to communicate with the judge.
At the commencement of the proceeding, Liman informed the court that the matter was slated for the formal arraignment of the defendants pursuant to the order, adding that he was ready to proceed.
But in his remark, Ikpeazu said there were applications they planned to file and that they felt a discussion should be had on it with the prosecution.