The court is powered by about seven giant generators, due to the abysmally poor supply of electricity from the Eko Electricity Distribution Company.
The generator-powered electricity supply at the Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday threw at least four court rooms into darkness as the generators failed to work.
The court is powered by about seven giant generators, due to the abysmally poor supply of electricity from the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, the private successor to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, in the area.
On Friday, none of the generators were able to supply electricity.
At least, four judges conducted proceedings in near-dark rooms with no air conditioning units as counsels were permitted to remove their wigs if they wished – several lawyers improvised their court papers into hand fans in the unbearably hot court rooms.
Some judges who sat without electricity include Mohammed Idris, Mohammed Yunusa and Okon Abang.
The power outage forced Justice James Tsoho to adjourn the case between Lamido Sanusi, the suspended Central Bank Governor, and the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, FRCN.
Mr. Sanusi had filed a suit before Justice James Tsoho urging the court to restrain the FRCN from investigating him.
Last week, the judge had issued a preservatory order restraining the Council from continuing its investigations against the suspended CBN boss pending the determination of the suit.
The semi darkness and unbearable temperature inside the court room forced the court to adjourn till next Thursday.
Mr. Sanusi had on March 27 refused to appear before the Council which was investigating allegations of financial recklessness against the CBN boss.
In a letter to the Executive Secretary of FRCN, Jim Obazee, to explain why his client would not honour the Council’s invitation, Kola Awodein, Mr. Sanusi’s lawyer, said the invitation was not only in bad faith, but premeditated to embarrass and disparage his client.
Meanwhile, the defendants had filed a preliminary objection to Mr. Sanusi’s suit challenging the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the case.
Justice Tsoho had said he would hear the objection and the plaintiff’s motion together.
Mr. Sanusi recently won a separate suit against the federal government and security agencies for the unlawful seizure of his international passport. The court asked the Department of State Security service, DSS, and the Nigerian Police to pay him a N50 million damage.
In another separate suit, the bank chief is challenging this suspension by President Goodluck Jonathan. Judgement in that suit will be given in May.
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