The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has okayed accelerated hearing in a certificate forgery case filed against Adamawa State Governor Jibrilla Bindow brought before it by Incorporated Trustees of Global Integrity Crusade Network.
Those joined as defendants were the West African Examination Council, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the All Progressives Congress and the Nigeria Police.
Ruling on the application for a motion experte brought before him on October 22, Justice B.O. Quadri granted the prayers of the plaintiff for accelerated hearing as well as leave to serve originating summons on Jibrilla and the WAEC at their respective addresses in Adamawa and Lagos.
“The leave is hereby granted to the plaintiff/Applicant to serve the concurrent originating summons and other accompanying Court processes filed herewith on the 1st and 2nd Defendants outside the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja particularly at their respective addresses to wit: The 1st Respondent at Adamawa State Government House,Yola,Adamawa State while the 2nd Respondent (WAEC) should be served at No. 221, Hussey STREET, YABA, ,LAGOS.”
“That further leave is hereby granted to the plaintiff/applicant to serve the Concurrent Originating Summons and other accompanying Court processes on the 1st defendant personally albeit by substituted means through the DHL Courier Service”, the judge ordered.
Governor Bindow’s case is the latest in a series of forgeries that has rocked public office holders in this administration.
Former Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun had to quit after it emerged she forger her National Youth Service Corps certificate, while the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, had to quit the Oyo governorship race for skipping the scheme.