Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Nigeria's Most Wanted - The Pfizer Three identified

Kano state High court on Monday issued arrest warrant on three Pfizer officials for their failure to appear before the court after receiving a court summons on criminal case instituted by the Kano state government against the drug giant over an alleged drug trial in 1996.

The presiding judge, Shehu Atiku said it is evident that three of the accused have actually been served with summons to appear before the court on November 6, 2007 but until this time none of them has appeared before the court either out of neglect or disrespect of court or contempt, he said before he issued the warrant of arrest and adjourned the case to January 29, 2008.

He said “there is no information on why they failed to comply with the court order, these three accused have been served the arrest bench warrant order, and warned that they must be brought to court for court contempt”.

The three accused that Justice Atiku ordered their bench warrant of arrest include the Managing Director of Pfizer Ngozi Edozien, Lare Baale and Segun Duro .

The prosecution of the three accused of delaying the court proceeding was assigned the lawyer to sign the arrest warrant to acceptance of the summons issued them and filling a suit against the order and challenged the Kano state government filed the case at lagos high court challenging the jurisdiction of Kano High Court and demanding $ 5 billion damages for the alleged breach of fundamental human rights. It was a mild drama in the court as the attorney general of Kano state and commissioner of justice Barrister Aliyu Umar dresses down the defendants of Pfizer for their inability to appear the court.


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