Published On: Mon, Mar 20th, 2017

Magu: Commit Saraki to prison, litigant begs court

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Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu

By Paschal Njoku, Abuja

Federal High Court Abuja has been asked to commit the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki to prison for contempt of court.
By the legal action brought pursuant to Section 6(6) (a) and (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Oluwatosin Ojaomo wants the court to commit Saraki to prison for disobeying, challenging, assaulting and undermining judicial proceeding and integrity of court.
The plaintiff had also prayed for an order of the court compelling the contemnor (Saraki) to immediately purge itself of the contempt by reversing the resolution made on January 15, by the Senate who rejected Magu’s confirmation.
A 22-paragraph affidavit in support of the motion deposed to by Olatunde Ojaomo, a legal practitioner, disclosed that he had on January 24, 2017, commenced a legal action on the interpretation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act with respect to the confirmation of Ibrahim Magu as EFCC Chairman.
The affidavit stated that the contemnor acted against the clear rules of the Senate which specifically states that matters that are pending or sub-judice before any competent court of jurisdiction shall not be discussed on floor of the Senate.
More so, the affidavit claimed that despite the fact that all court processes, copies of restraining motions and hearing notices had been served on the contemnor, he refused to file any response.
Instead, he went ahead and initiated a legislative proceeding before the Senate on the confirmation of the Chairman of the EFCC on 15 March, 2017, when he knew the court had adjourned the matter for hearing.
Consequently, the applicant pleaded with court that punishing the contemnor will serve as deterrent to persons who are planning to commit the same act of contempt of court in future

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