Maintain Status Quo on PDP Sec., Oladipo, Court Orders EFCC, ICPC, Others

For now, Secretary of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Wale Oladipo, is to be left alone by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
This the order of Justice James Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Thurday.
The court also temporarily restrained the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN) and others from arresting Oladipo.
Also affected by the judge’s order for the maintenance of status quo are the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) , the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase; and the Department of State Services (DSS).
This is srquel to the request of Ajibola Oluyede, lawyer to Oladipo, who brought the fundamental right enforcement application before the court.
According to Justice Tsoho, order was intended “to allay the fear being expressed by the applicant.”
The Judge directed the respondent to proceed to respond to the substantive application and adjourned to March 4 for hearing.
Oladipo had filed the suit on February 8 on the ground that he had received a text message on his mobile telephone from somebody, who claimed to be an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), attached to the Asset Tracing and Recovery Unit.
He added that the sender of the message asked him to call a certain phone number contained in the message in order to reach somebody else who would give the date and time he was to report at the commission’s office in Abuja for an “interaction”.
Oladipo alleged that he was being which-hunted, harassed and intimidated on the basis of funds which he received from members of the PDP “without guilty knowledge”.
He is seeking among others, a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from “the continued witch-hunt, harassment, intimidation and persecution of the applicant or threats by the respondents ostensibly on the basis of funds received by the applicant without guilty knowledge from members of his political party”.
Oladipo wants the court to declare any plan to arrest, investigate or “fabricate evidence” against him as “constituting prosecutorial misconduct, malicious process, and misfeasance in public office by the respondents”.
The applicant also wants the court to declare that the said acts “infringe unjustifiably and illegally upon the liberty, to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, to freedom of expression, association and movement”.
He said his rights allegedly being threatened were “guaranteed and protected under sections 33, 34. 35, 36, 39, 40 and 41 of the Constitution as well as Articles 2,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12 and 13 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
The judge directed the plaintiff’s lawyer to serve all the respondents before next hearing.

Author: News Editor

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