- The move by the former Nigerian senator, Adamu Bulkachuwa, to stop investigations by the ICPC has faced a major setback
- The Abuja division of the Federal High Court, on Tuesday, September 19, approved the ICPC's request to interrogate the federal lawmaker
- The court held that Bulkachuwa lacked the right to influence judgements of a judge and that his suit should be thrown out
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FCT, Abuja - A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday, September 19, dismissed the suit filed by Adamu Bulkachuwa.
The court dismissed the lawmaker's suit seeking to stop the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) from investigating him over the comment he made during the valedictory session of the 9th National Assembly.
In a judgment on Tuesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, the presiding judge, held that the suit lacked merit and ought to be dismissed, The Cable reported.
Justice Ekwo said that Senator Bulkachuwa, being a lawmaker, ought to understand the implications of his statement on the floor of the Red Chamber.
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Ekwo said the legislative immunity the plaintiff (Bulkachuwa) claims in this case does not avail him, Vanguard report added.
“It is the duty of every law-abiding citizen to assist and cooperate with law enforcement agencies in their quest to carry out their statutory function.
“It is only where a law enforcement agency breaches the fundamental right of a citizen in the process of carrying out their statutory function, then a cause of action could be said to have arisen,” the judge said.
Justice Bulkachuwa breaks silence over husband's comment
The immediate past president of the appeal court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, wife of Senator Bulkachuwa, addressed her husband's comment where he said she used her office to help his colleagues in cases brought before the appellate court.
Justice Bulkachuwa, in a statement, defended her judicial integrity, noting that there was no ounce of truth in what her husband said.
Bulkachuwa clears air about influencing wife’s decision in court
Meanwhile, Senator Bulkachuwa denied that he influenced his wife's decision while she was president of the appellate court.
The 83-year-old lawmaker said the media misconstrued his words as he did not finish his thoughts before being interrupted.
He accused ex-Senate President Ahmad Lawan of interrupting him as he could not complete his thoughts.