Sultan warns against disobedience of court orders

Sultan warns against disobedience of court orders

- The Sultan of Sokoto has spoken against disobedience of court orders in Nigeria

- Sultan said such acts by presidents, governors or influential persons set a dangerous precedent for the people

- According to the Sultan, if a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the later

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar II, on Thursday, December 12, warned disobeying court orders amounts to lawlessness.

Urging everyone to abide by the law guiding Nigeria, the Sultan said being law-abiding is the interest of national development.

Speaking at the 2019 4th Quarter Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) with the theme: “Religion and Civil Authorities in Dialogue for Nation Building”, the Sultan there is need to revive the NIREC meeting to flow on a rotational basis.

Daily Trust reports that although the Sultan did not cite examples or list individuals who have disobeyed court orders, he said that such rotational process can be achieved by ensuring that every region of the country feel the pulse of the people as it was done before.

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“We must regularly obey and respect the laws of our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the later," the Sultan said.

Further stating that no society can survive without sticking to the letters of the law, Sultan said irrespective of how influential you might be, being law-abiding is key to development.

The Sultan said: "If you have any problem or disagree with the pronouncement, the next step is to appeal the pronouncement instead of disregarding or violating court judgments."

“If you are served a court order and you deliberately refused to obey it because you are a Governor, President or any influential person, then you are setting a dangerous precedent. "

There’s no society that will prosper through lawlessness. Citizens must be law-abiding so that we can achieve the desired development,” he added.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that following the dramatic re-arrest of the publisher of Sahara Reporters', Omoyele Sowore, at a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, December 5, the vice president Yemi Osinbajo, boycotted the presentation of an anti-corruption award to him.

The award was scheduled to be presented to Osinbajo by the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism in Lagos.

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