Abuja Court Orders IGP to Arrest, Produce INEC Chairman

Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to arrest and bring the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to court.

This comes after the INEC boss refused to appear in court and flouted a valid order court.

The court had on August 1st, 2018, given the warrant of arrest of Professor Yakubu following his absence in court to give the reason why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court after proceeding filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State respectively, Channels writes.

Justice Pam had adjourned the case to August 8 after summoning him to show cause why he should not be committed to prison for having disobeyed the order of the court made on December 5, 2014.

But on continuation of the trial on Wednesday, August 8, Mahmood failed to turn up and Justice Pam demanded to know from the counsel to the INEC Chairman, Adegboyega Awomolo, why he was not in court.

Awomolo said he does not know where the INEC chairman is and that it is beyond his brief to produce his client, something he said only the IGP could do.

Justice Pam the ruled that the order of August 1st was still subsisting before adjourning the case till August 14th.


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