Barrister Sule Shua’bu, the counsel to a plaintiff, Jamilu Auwalu Adamu a Phd student in a suit filed against the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, and two others has expressed optimism that his client has a good case.
He expressed this on Monday at the Federal High Court 1, after the matter came up.
“For anybody fighting the matter you can say we have a good case,” he said.
He explained that he appealed for an adjournment of the matter because there are vital testimonies and documents they are seeking from the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), from where they expect to beef up their argument.
“There was petition to ICPC and following the petition, the defendants were invited.
“Based on the glaring issue, they asked them to go and settle the matter through alternative means which all parties agreed to.
” Later on they came back said they are no longer settling, despite making available statements to the ICPC,” he said.
Shu’aibu, who is also the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Kaduna Chairman added that statements made by the defendants and statements from PW 1 and PW 2 corroborate in favour of his client.
Presiding judge of the Federal High Court 1 Kaduna, Justice Saleh Shu’aibu had while speaking, reminded the court that a petition was filed earlier by the plaintiff, in which he alleged that his supervisor in ABU had wanted to share in the glory of his research.
“The petition by the plaintiff to the ICPC is already an exhibit before this court.
“The earlier the case is concluded the better. His report with the ICPC is that his supervisor wanted him to share the work as a co author, in spite of knowing nothing about the job, and it started to cause problems between them,” he said.
But the counsel to the plaintiff insisted for a subpoena to the ICPC to appear at the next sitting.
“There are documents recovered in course of investigation that would further affirm our claim,” Barrister Shu’aibu added.
He insisted that the subpoena for ICPC witnesses was served late, that is why they were not at Monday’s hearing.
This case with suit no: FHC/KD/84/2017, was adjourned to June 20, 2018 for continuation of hearing.