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LAWRENCE v. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION

(2007) JELR 33825 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/L/521/04  •  18 Dec 2007  •  Nigeria

Coram
CLARA BATA OGUNBIYI JCA; PAUL ADAMU GALINJE JCA; ADZIRA GANA MSHELIA JCA;

Judgement

ADZIRA GANA MSHELIA, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): This is an interlocutory appeal from the decision of the Federal High Court Lagos delivered on the 8th of October, 2004 refusing an application for transfer of suit No FHC/L/219C/04 to another Federal High Court Judge for hearing and determination on ground of likelihood of bias.

An application for the extradition of the appellant to the United States of America was made by the respondent and same was filed at the Federal High Court Lagos. The matter was assigned to Shuaibu J. for hearing and determination. In the course of hearing the application, the appellant expressed dissatisfaction with the way and manner the trial Judge was handling the matter. Appellant then, filed a motion on notice dated 7th day of October, 2004 praying for an order permitting, allowing and or authorizing the transfer of the suit No FHC/L/219C/2004 from Federal High Court No 8 (Annex) presided over by Shuiabu J. to any other court and/or Judge of…

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