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Alleged indictment: Court fixes date to hear Oshiomhole’s suit

The Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned until June 29 hearing in a preliminary objection filed by Adams Oshiomhole challenging the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the fundamental rights enforcement suit he instituted against the Edo State Government.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Wednesday adjourned the matter after taking arguments from parties in the suit.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a judicial committee of inquiry set up by
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to investigate the construction of Edo Specialist Hospital indicted Oshiomhole for alleged breach of the Public Procurement Act.

The Justice James Oyomire-led committee recommended the arrest and prosecution of Oshiomhole.

The former governor, who was also recently suspended as the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, thereafter, sought an ex-parte order from the court to stop his arrest and prosecution on account of the indictment by the investigative panel.

Justice Mohammed had on June 1 ruled that the state government stayed action pending the determination of the matter.

Oshiomhole named the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Justice Oyomire, Inspector-General of Police and the Department of State Services as respondents in the suit.

At the resumed sitting on Wednesday, counsel to the defendants told the court that since they had just been served the court’s processes by the applicant, they pleaded for time to study the documents and respond and sought for adjournment.

The judge then adjourned hearing until till June 29.

SOURCE: The Eagle Online

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