As lawmaker plans to travel abroad for medical treatment
From TONY JOHN, Port Harcourt
This was disclosed to journalists on Friday, by his lead counsel, Beluolisa Nwofor, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in Port Harcourt.
Nwofor said the release of his client’s passport followed two medical reports issued by Lloyd’s doctors, directing that he should proceed on urgent medical treatment abroad.
“Yes. We have to apply to a vacation court for his passport to be released to enable him to travel for medical treatment. Because, after he was granted bail, his doctors examined him on two different things and issued a report that showed extreme urgency. And that the medical facilities to attend to him, are not readily available here in our vicinity.
“And because of that, he needed to travel abroad. In fact, they made a specific referral to a hospital in London where he could obtain adequate medical treatment. You know he cannot travel without his passport.
“So, based on those two medical reports, we had to go to a vacation court, which is a court set aside for urgent matters. And these two medical reports were not there the time the learned trial Judge, Justice Letam Nyordee, granted him bail. They were fresh evidence that emanated following the examination of his health condition after he was granted bail”, he stated.
Lloyd’s counsel also stated that the court granted that he should be given the passport for six weeks, ordering that the travel document should be returned to the court on or before October 28, 2013.
“So, we went back to vacation court and we are happy to note that the vacation Judge saw merit in the application and granted it. And, I must point out that it’s not a permanent release of the passport. So, it is only a release for six weeks to enable him to go for treatment. And, thereafter, the judge ordered that he should return the passport to the court. So, it’s not that he has been given passport for keeps. No. It’s just for him to travel for six weeks and there is an order that he should return it on, or before October 28. So, you can see that there is no cause for alarm”, Nwofor said.
It would be recalled that Justice Nyordee of the State High Court, had, on August 7, this year, granted him bail and ordered that his International Passport should be deposited with the court as part of his bail conditions.