Okorocha’s suit: Court orders lawyer to produce evidence of mental stability

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A Federal High Court has ordered an Abuja based practitioner, Prince Orji Nwafor-Orizu to produce a medical report from a recognised government psychiatric hospital confirming that he is mentally stable to appear before the court.

Justice Okon Abang who issued the order on Friday, stressed that Nwafor-Orizu would not be accorded audience in the matter again until he produced such a report.

In addition, the court held that Orizu must equally enter an undertaken to be of good conduct throughout the hearing and conclusion if the matter, not just before the Federal High Court in Abuja, but before any other superior court of record.

The order was a fallout of the conduct of Orizu who is representing Senator Osita Izunaso in the suit filed by Governor Rochas Okorocha against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over his certificate of return as winner of the Imo West senatorial seat.

It all began when Orizu who was not in court when the case was called, gallop in when counsel to the plaintiff, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, (SAN) was already on his feet to address the court.

Meanwhile, in Orizu’s absence, another lawyer, S.N. Anichebe, had announced his appearance on behalf of Osita Izunaso.

But just as the plaintiff’s counsel was about to make his submissions, Orizu interrupted and insisted the court could not proceed with the matter claiming that he was in possession of an order of the Court of Appeal staying proceedings.

While brandishing the alleged order of the Court of Appeal, Orizu shouted, “this court cannot sit on this matter. This matter cannot go on.”

His action elicited the following exchanges between him and Justice Abang:

Justice Abang: “Sit down senior counsel and stop interrupting the court. Besides, you are not a counsel on record in this proceeding.

Nwafor- Orizu: “No I can’t sit down; I have a document from the Court of Appeal and we have served everybody including the court.”

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