There were distractions and arguments as lawyers on Monday insisted that the Delta State Judicial Panel of Inquiry must hear their cases pending in different Courts.
The arguments ensued at a public hearing between the lawyers and the Judicial Panel led by Justice Celestina Ogisi (Rtd).
Justice Ogisi had said it is “sub-judice” for the panel to hear cases pending before Courts of competent jurisdiction.
For the jurist, “You don’t discuss it let alone hear it. I will never be party to deceiving anybody.”
Justice Ogisi however adjourned all pending matters in Court to Wednesdays for the panel to take a final decision on it.
But, the lawyers insisted that the cases must be heard by the panel while recommendations be made to the government where necessary.
However, the panel continued with other cases that are not in Court.
In an interview with newsmen, a former Attorney-General & Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomewo hailed the constitution of members of the panel.
“The calibre of those presiding over the panel is not in doubt particularly the presiding judge. She’s a judge of repute and integrity. But unfortunately, she has been given a job in which they gave her a very big field to clear with no cutlass, no equipment.
“Those who set up the panel know it is a booby trap just to while away time, remove the attention of the people from the real issue. At the end of the day, I can tell you, nothing.
“They will make their recommendations beautifully for the Government to implement it. The judge has done wonderfully based on her perception and understanding of the law. Unfortunately, we are not in agreement with that and that’s natural.
” My advice is let’s continue to waste time here. At the end, nothing will happen.”
Other members of the Judicial Panel who were present at the public hearing were, Mr Omamuzo-Erebe, Secretary, AIG David Igbodo Rtd, Mr Harrison Gwamnishu, Comrade Godwin Oyovweadjebore, Mr Freedom Atsepoyi, Amb. Eris Jewo-Ibi, Mr. Nicholas Osadolor and Mr. Kelvin Ejumudo.