Abuja Court Issues Order to stop Obaseki From Prosecuting Oshiomhole

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Federal High Court in Abuja has issued an interim order stopping Godwin Obaseki, governor of Edo state, from arresting and prosecuting Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and former governor of Edo.

Obaseki had in January set up a panel to probe the construction of the Edo specialist hospital and supply of equipment for the hospital and in May, the commission, led by James Oyomire, indicted Oshiomhole for breach of the state’s public procurement law while he was governor of the state.

The commission then recommended his arrest and prosecution.

Oshiomhole in an ex parte application filed through his lawyer West Idahosa prayed the court to stop his arrest and prosecution on account of the Edo state panel report.

Alex Ejeiseme, counsel to the Edo state government, filed a preliminary objection challenging the reliefs sought by Oshiomhole in his ex parte application and contending that the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the matter.

After hearing parties in the suit on Monday, Ahmed Mohammed, the judge, ordered the respondents to stay action in pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction.

”An interim order is hereby made restraining the prosecution of the applicant pursuant to the report submitted to the 1st to 3rd respondents or any white paper, pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction raised in the 1st to 4th respondents notice preliminary objection,” the judge held.

The court also directed Oshiomhole’s counsel to serve all the respondents his processes within 48 hours and adjourned to June 17, 2020.

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