End Of The Road For Amaechi? As Court Grants Permission For His Arrest And Sack

By Ikenga Chronicles December 9, 2016

The Federal High Court in Abuja has granted permission for the arrest and subsequent sack of two of President Buhari’s trusted ministers. The ministers are Former Governor of Rivers State and Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and his counterpart Minister of Science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.

Amaechi and Onu are alleged to have attempted to influence court decisions, according to Supreme Court justices Sylvester Ngwuta and Inyang Okon.

According to the judges, they were arrested because they refused to decide court cases in favour of the two ministers.

Ngwuta alleged that Amaechi asked him to sway the Supreme Court judgments on the Ekiti and Rivers States gubernatorial elections in favor of the All Progressives Congress(APC).

The judge further alleged that Onu asked him to influence a Court of Appeal case over the 2015 Ebonyi State governorship elections in favor of the Labour Party candidate.

A civil society group known as the Kingdom Right Human Rights Foundation had to file a lawsuit seeking for the arrest and sack of the two ministers over the corruption allegation.

The plaintiff had requested that the court grant an order of mandamus compelling the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) to arrest and prosecute the two ministers.

“A plaintiff seeking an order of mandamus under the judicial review of administrative action/inaction procedure is required to first seek and obtain the leave of court through an ex parte application to properly commence the suit.”

The court had granted the plaintiff the request.

After granting the leave, the judge directed that “the originating summons, affidavit in support and the motion ex parte dated October 10, 2016 and any other process filed in this suit shall be served on all the defendants.”

Justice Mohammed fixed December 15 for mention and ordered that fresh hearing notices be served on all the defendants.

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