A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has again ordered for the immediate arrest of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for flouting a court order.
Justice Stephen Pam gave the order of arrest following the absence of Yakubu in court on Wednesday.
Justice Pam said the bench warrant issued to Yakubu on August 1, 2018, had not been vacated and the police force “is hereby ordered to produce Prof. Yakubu in court to show cause why he should not be committed to prison.”
Yakubu’s lawyer, Chief Adeboyega Awomolo (SAN), brought an application of appeal on the grounds that he had already filed an appeal against three different rulings delivered by Justice Pam.
He also claimed that his client had filed another motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court and the validity of the charge.
The senior advocate said:
“Until the court determines the validity of that motion there is no valid contempt charge before the court. My lord no proof or evidence and criminal proceedings are before this court and until they are produced, this court cannot compel the appearance of my client.”
However, the counsel for the plaintiff, Mr Goddy Uche (SAN), rejected the application for an adjournment on the grounds that there was no basis for that.
Recall that Justice Stephen Pam had earlier issued a warrant of arrest after Mahmood’s absent in court for the third time.
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