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Again, Ekiti tribunal fails to sit
Source: The Nation ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti,Tribunal Date: Thursday, January 17, 2008


For the second time in three days, the Ekiti State Election Petitions Tribunal yesterday failed to sit at the newly-refurbished High Court 1 of the State Judiciary Complex.

The five-man panel of justices led by Justice Usman Bukar Bwala was to resume sitting on Monday after the Christmas and New Year break but it failed to sit and all the petitions were adjourned till yesterday.

The failure of the tribunal to sit on Monday heightened fears in certain quarters that the judges might have stayed away over the rumours that the venue had been laced with charms.

Lawyers, petitioners, party chieftains and the public, who thronged the High Court to witness proceedings, again went home disappointed yesterday.

Security agents had taken different positions at the High Court premises in anticipation of the arrival of the tribunal members.

The main door of the High Court 1 was manned by operatives of the State Security Service (SSS), Civil Defence corps and the Police.

Lawyers, journalists and politicians chatted endlessly believing that the tribunal would sit but they dispersed one after the other after waiting for about two hours.

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