The Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee Wednesday advised an Akwa Ibom State Excessive Court docket that the medical report tendered by the defence counsel for Prof. Ignatius Uduk, indicating that he was recognized of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia, was faux.
Uduk, a professor of Bodily and Well being Schooling, College of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, is standing trial on three-count of electoral fraud bordering on asserting faux election outcomes, publication of pretend consequence scores and mendacity underneath oath.
Counsel for the defendant, Abasidiong Ekpenyong, had tendered a medical report from the Lagos State College Instructing Hospital, dated June 17, 2022 and signed by the Snr. Registrar, Dr. Akintunbo A. O., testifying that Prof Uduk was affected by Bladder Outlet Obstruction (stricture) Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
Nevertheless, throughout resumed proceedings in Uyo through which the defence counsel was absent because of in poor health well being, counsel for INEC, Clement Onwuenwunor (SAN), tendered a report from the Lagos State Police Commissioner saying the sooner report on the in poor health well being of the accused was faux.
Based on Onwuenwunor the physician who signed the faux medical report purportedly acquired from the Lagos State College Instructing Hospital, was not on the pay roll of the hospital.
He additionally advised the courtroom, that the defence counsel who skipped courtroom on grounds of in poor health well being since final week was seen in courtroom the day past in Ikot Ekpene.
He mentioned since January when the accused was presupposed to have opened defence, his counsel had used all types of tips to delay and frustrate the case, and prayed the courtroom to revoke the bail of the accused.
“He had medical problem however sadly the letter was not filed in courtroom as required by among the choices of the Supreme Court docket that if you need the courtroom to behave upon a letter of adjournment, it’s essential to file it appropriately within the registry; that was not achieved.
“For the letter of adjournment additionally, the excuse given was clearly unfounded as a result of this counsel, who mentioned he has been sick for a number of days, was seen yesterday in courtroom 2, Ikot Ekpene, by one in all my colleagues as I reported in courtroom with the go well with quantity the place he appeared.
“Simply to point out to the entire world that the gimmicks happening was simply to frustrate the profitable prosecution of this case, is that after the final date the place the accused particular person was reported sick and the medical report was additionally offered, we brought about an investigation into it.
“There’s a police report from the Lagos State Commissioner of Police that the letter submitted on that final day was cast, and that Prof Uduk was by no means admitted in LASUTH, and that in truth, the physician who signed the medical report just isn’t on the nominal roll of the Lagos State College Instructing Hospital, that could be a world establishment that has critical status, and would by no means enable anybody to manoeuvre its file.
“What at present’s continuing confirmed for the entire world to see, is that the defence is just not fascinated with happening with this case and I imagine they haven’t any defence to date, that’s the reason they wish to use this gimmick to frustrate this prosecution, however they’d not succeed,” he acknowledged.
The police report dated July 25, 2022, from the workplace of the Lagos State Police Commissioner, signed by each CP Particular Squad and CSP Kehinde Johnson, O/C CPSS, State Headquarters, Ikeja, obtained by our correspondent learn partially, “The Lagos State College Instructing Hospital LASUTH, Ikeja from the place the medical report purportedly emanated was contacted and it was revealed that the mentioned Prof. Ignatus Uduk ‘m’ has by no means been admitted in LASUTH; and the Hospital has no file of him and couldn’t have carried out any medical examination on him of the assorted ailment alleged within the medical report he offered, which has been confirmed to be faux.
“The medical report didn’t emanate from LASUTH, it’s faux and the identify of Dr. A.O. Akintunbo that signed the mentioned medical report just isn’t on the nominal roll of LASUTH.”
Reacting to the cast medical report, the accused, Prof Ignatius Uduk, mentioned he was not aware about the matter, saying the case has dragged for too lengthy.
“I’m not aware about what’s going on. If I used to be, I might not be right here. Let me be taken to the medical clinic right here for a check, I’m sick and dying right here. This case has dragged on for too lengthy and I’m not part of it,” he acknowledged.
In his response, the trial choose, Justice Bassey Nkanang, whereas expressing dismay that the defence counsel had delayed the case for too lengthy, denied the appliance of INEC to revoke the bail of the accused.
The choose insisted that the defence should open its defence on the subsequent adjourned date of August 8, 2022, saying, “I can’t revoke the bail however we should return inside this authorized yr and full defences.”