The Federal High Court in Abuja has insisted that the Inspector-General of Police must arrest and produce the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, in court on August 16.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Justice Stephen Pam gave the order following the absence of Yakubu’s team of lawyers in court and there was no explanation as to why they were absent.
“At the commencement of proceedings, counsel to the applicant, Kanayo Okafor, informed the court that the Court of Appeal on Monday, August 13, asked the court to stay proceedings in the matter.
“The counsel to the respondent is not in court and no reason has been given for their absence.
“The contempt proceedings and the bench warrant issued for the arrest of Prof Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman still subsists, the I-G is to carry out the order of the arrest of Yakubu.
“This court being a court of record has nothing to prove that there was an order for stay from the Court of Appeal," the judge ruled.
The reports says that while the judge was delivering his ruling, a counsel on Yakubu’s team walked into the court and made attempts to call the judge’s attention to his presence.
This was, however, in vain as Justice Pam adjourned the matter until August 16, for continuation.
It was learnt that the counsel was late because he was at the Court of Appeal making efforts to get the ruling to present to the lower court, but the ruling was not yet ready.
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The court had on August 1, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Yakubu for 'flagrant' disobedience of court orders.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the warrant to arrest Mahmood Yakubu by Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court had been halted by the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal.
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