Asset declaration: Court blocks arrest of Senator Nwaoboshi

Asset declaration: Court blocks arrest of Senator Nwaoboshi

- Senator Nwaoboshi has gotten a reprieve from arrest and other punitive actions being planned against him

- A Federal High Court, Abuja ordered that status quo be maintained

- The presidential panel earlier transferred Nwaoboshi's case of alleged failure to declare assets to the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation

The Special Presidential Investigation Panel (SPIP) for recovery of public property has been asked by the Federal High Court, Abuja to maintain status quo in respect of the matter of alleged non declaration of assets by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi.

The presidential panel has been investigating Nwaoboshi, former chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Daily Sun reports.

The court papers read: “Upon this motion ex parte dated, 08/6/2019, but filed on 10/06/2019, the court ordered that the status quo as at 31st day of May,2019, in respect of this matter, be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the Applicants Originating Motion on Notice.”

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The judge, Justice J. T. Tsoho, however, adjourned the suit to June 25, for hearing of the applicant’s motion on notice.

In the originating motion, Nwaoboshi had asked the court for an Order of Interim Injunction restraining the respondents (SPIP and its chairman, Okoi Obono-Obla), “by themseives or any one of them, their servants, agents, officiais and/or privies from continuing to harass, intimidate, threaten and or disturb the Applicant (Nwaoboshi) over and, concerning any alleged declaration of assets; and in particular, from taking any step or further step and/or action in furtherance of the purported.

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“‘Notice to Declare assets’ said to have been dated the 15th September, 2018 but served on the Applicant’s gateman, one Suleiman Abubakar at the Applicant’s residence No; 25, 6932 Road, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, FCT on Monday, the 3rd June, 2019 as well as the said ‘Investigation Activities:Invitation Letter’ dated 6th June, 2019 and served late in the night of the same date on the Applicant’s Personal Assistant, one Ken Ifeanyichukwu at the Applicant’s said Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, FCT residence pending the hearing and final determination of the applicant’s originating application in this suit.”

Earlier, reported that the SPIP for recovery of public property transferred Senator Peter Nwaoboshi's case of alleged failure to declare assets to the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation.

In a letter accompanying the case file, dated June 7, 2019 the SPIP said it forwarded the case to the DPPF in furtherance of the inter-agency and collaborative efforts of federal government’s agencies involved in the anti-corruption war. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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