Over Issue of Jurisdiction… Defense Counsels Overruled


Commission No. 1 presided by Justice Biobele Georgewill yesterday ruled that the Commission was legal and would proceed with its hearings.

Justice Biobele Georgewill made the ruling after he has heard arguments from both Defense Counsel Ady Macauley and State Counsel Robin Mason on the jurisdiction of the Commission to sit. The Nigerian Judge adjourned sitting for an hour after the ruling.

It could be recalled that this is the second time the same ruling has been made on the question of the jurisdiction of the three Commissions of Inquiry to sit. Justice Atuguba made the first ruling on Tuesday 12th February, 2019 at Commission No. 3.

At Commission No. 2 presided by Justice Bankole Thompson, a representative from the Auditor General’s Office outlined the fertilizer contracts that were over priced between the period 2015 – 2016.

According to the representative’s testimony, Urea and NPK fertilizers were overpriced to the tune of Le630, 940, 000.00 (Six hundred and thirty million, nine hundred and forty thousand Leones).

Also at Commission No. 3 presided by Justice Atuguba, Defense Lawyer Ibrahim Sorie Koroma cross examined witness number (3), Evelyn Brown.

The witness was testifying in the land transaction that involves Commerce and Mortgage Bank P/C formerly known as HFC Bank, while Defense Council Ibrahim Sorie Koroma and team were representing six persons of interest that have been summoned by Commission No. 3.