Court Reserves Judgment to Feb. 17 in Oduah’s Bullet-proof Car Suit

A Federal High Court, Abuja has on Tuesday adjourned judgment to February 17, 2016 on the case of the enforcement of fundamental rights suit filed by former Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).
The judgment was earlier fixed for January 25 but it could not be delivered due to the absence of the presiding judge, Justice Okon Abang who was transferred from the Lagos division of the Federal High Court to Abuja division.
The judgment had earlier been adjourned till February 2 but the Judge could not deliver it again as he informed parties involved in the suit that the judgment was not ready due to workload in thebcourt.
He subsequently adjourned the matter till February 17, 2016, while noting that the 90 days stipulated for delivery of judgment had not elapsed.
The former minister who was elected a senator to represent Anambra North in the present National Assembly had through her lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede approached the court to stop an alleged plan to prosecute her over the two armoured BMW cars allegedly purchased for N255 million by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) under her watch.
Oduah had in the suit claimed that the current Fedral Government under the guise of anti-corruption campaign was making moves to persecute and humiliate her.
She sought an order restraining the respondents from probing her over the purchase of the two armored BMW cars in 2013.
Oduah had on August 26, 2015 through her lawyer, obtained an interim injunction from the court barring the EFCC from taking any action against her as regards the purchase of the cars.
But in a preliminary objection, the EFCC challenged the jurisdiction of the Lagos Court to entertain the suit.
The agency also said that Oduah’s claims were baseless and speculative, adding that the former Minister failed to place enough material facts before the court to justify her claim that she was about to be invited or arrested by the agency.
The commission asked the court to reject the former Minister’s suit for lack of merit.

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