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Hudu: Embattled Adamawa REC on the run, refuses to appear in court for the 2nd time

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Hudu: Embattled Adamawa REC on the run, refuses to appear in court for the 2nd time

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The suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari, has again failed to appear before Adamawa State High Court for trial.

Counsel to INEC said Hudu appeared to be on the run and is being trail for him to be arrainged.

Hudu Ari, was to be arraigned on Wednesday, 6th December, 2023, to face 6-count charge boredering electoral offences slammed against by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At the resumed proceedings of the court presided by Justice Benjamin Manji Lawan, neither the erstwhile REC nor his counsel, Dr. Suleiman Usman (SAN) appeared before the trial court.

At the last sitting on the 22nd November, 2023, Counsel to the defendant, Dr. Usman (SAN), informed the court that the suspended REC was in Niger Republic at that time with one of his wives and promised to produce him in court to face trial.

To convince the court of his inability to show up at the resumed sitting Yesterday, the suspended REC in a letter through his Counsel, pleaded with Justice Manji to adjourn the matter to another date.

Hudu told the court that he was in Sokoto State on Wednesday, 6th December 2023 for other electoral cases in court and that he could take it to Yola, Adamawa State to stand trial.

Earlier, while announcing his appearance for the prosecution, F. T. Ekyaan, told the court that he received a letter from the defendant through his counsel asking for another adjournment.

Ekyaan who did not hold any objection to the said letter based on the reasons adduced therein, prayed the court to adjourn the matter to another date.