Lawyer withdraws from Dariye’s case
An FCT High Court, Gudu, on Monday freed Mr Garba Pwul (SAN), from appearing in the ongoing trial of former Plateau governor, Chief Joshua Dariye.
Dariye is facing trial on a 21-count charge of money laundering and diversion of Plateau ecological fund to the tune of N1.162billion.
On March 16, he had notified the court of his intention to withdraw from the case and prayed to be officially relieved.
“Considering my duty to the court, my duty to my client and my personal conviction, I have come to the summation that I wish to withdraw.
“This becomes absolutely necessary in the interest of the ethics of the profession,” Pwul had said.
Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the EFCC, had objected to the motion on the grounds that the defence should have given the court three days notice.
Justice Adebukola Banjoko, after listening to arguments of both parties, officially declared that Pwul was officially disengaged from further representation.
Dariye had told the court that he was surprised by his counsel’s wish to withdraw from the case.
“SANs are not cheap, it is a difficult situation and I don’t like coming here; my appeal is that I should be given time to look for a legal representation,” Dariye said.
“I’m inclined to giving you time to get a legal representation,” Banjoko said.
The judge also asked the defendant to get his new representation updated over the record of proceedings, which was readily available at the payment of the required fees.
Banjoko adjourned hearing in the matter till April 27.
Mr Garba Pwul (SAN) is the third lawyer to withdraw from the case.