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Lawmaker petitions Bayelsa Chief Judge

A Bayelsa ex-lawmaker both in the state House of Assembly and National Assembly respectively, Hon. Bolous Indiamaowei has petitioned the Chief Judge of Bayelsa state, Mrs. Kate Abiri, seeking the transfer of his case before Magistrate Court 2 to another one.
The ex-lawmaker had been previously convicted and paid a fine of N1, 000, 000, presided by Hon. Justice Ogola for contempt of court before he was released on bail.
He stated that the applicant, Justice Timipre Cocodia is High Court judge same as the judge who entertained his case is unhappy that he paid the fine to escape imprisonment still vowed to send him to prison in the same magistrate court.
He suspected that the Hon. Judge conduct over the time indicated that he’s bias as the applicant is a fellow judge from same tribe, emphasizing further that his counsel’s demand to tender the document and application to stay of proceedings were rejected but those by the applicant were admitted.
The petitioner disclosed that he’s in contention with a parcel land along Yenagoa-Ibiama Road, Biogbolo with Justice Cocodia whose land is behind his own portion.
According to him, upon a suit by Cocodia seeking for an order of easement into his portion of  and other reliefs which was granted, N1,000,000million in his favour in 2004 but yet he approached him  to settle the matter out of court by giving him half plot.
Justice Cocodia declined as he goes on with bulldozers’ to pull down part of his fence on his property.
Hon. Idiamaowei noted that in the course of his trial in the magistrate court, he has received threats to his life following his bail condition, therefore he appealed to the Chief Judge of the state to ask the presiding magistrate to decline further jurisdiction and transfer the case to another court.
He expressed his dissatisfaction with the proceedings of the case been handled, suspecting that there is a clear instruction by Justice Cocodia to the presiding magistrate to convict him as he’s a sitting judge in the judiciary.


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