INEC Chairman, Yakubu Escapes Arrest By DSS, Police, CCB As Court Shun Petitions

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Yakubu – A FCT High Court has barred the Department of States Services (DSS), the Nigeria Police Force and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) from arresting the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu. understands that one Somadina Uzoabaka had approached the court with a suit seeking to sack the electoral commission’s boss ahead of the 2023 general elections over alleged false asset declaration.

Justice M. A. Hassan, however, on Wednesday refused the application alongside the 14 reliefs brought by the claimants. The judge held that Prof Yakubu’s asset declaration was lawful, valid and in compliance with the law.

The court judge forbade the security agencies mentioned in the ruling from arresting Yakubu.

Uzoabaka’s summon marked FCT/HC/GAR/CV/47/2022 was against the Attorney General of the Federation and Prof. Yakubu.

The individual had sought, among other things, an order of mandatory injunction directing and compelling the INEC chairman to recuse, excuse and exclude himself and or step down as the chairman of INEC pending the investigation and consideration of the various allegations against him by the various law enforcement agencies.

The plaintiff also sought an order of court stopping the INEC chairman from holding or assuming any public office for a period of 10 years.

Prof Yakubu, in his response to the allegation, presented details of his filings before the court with exhibits showing the sources of money for the purchase of the properties that the plaintiff alleged were illegally acquired and insisted that his assets declarations were validly done.

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