Friday, 9 December 2016

Court Okays Suit Seeking Sack And Arrest Of Amaechi, Onu And Other FCT Minister

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has approved a suit from the Kingdom Human Rights Foundation to commence proceedings for an order to arrest Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s transport minister, and his colleague in the Science and Technology ministry, Ogbonnaya Onu.

This is in relation to recent allegations against them by two justices of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okoro.

Thisday and Punch report that the group had prayed the court to grant an order of mandamus compelling the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest the two ministers and get them tried.

Apart from this, the group also asked for an order to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the two ministers in the interest of the public.

The two judges accused the ministers of attempting to influence court decisions in relation to election cases between 2015 and 2016.

The court, presided over by Justice Ahmed Mohammed, granting the prayers of the plaintiff on December 1.

In separate letters, the two judges, who are currently facing corruption allegations after their arrest by the DSS, said they were arrested by the DSS for refusing to be influenced by the ministers.

The presidency had refused to act concerning the allegations from the judges.

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