Bulletproof Car Scandal: Court Refuses Oduah’s Application to Stop Arrest, Prosecution

A Federal High Court in Abuja has refused the application filed by a former Minister of Aviation, Stella Obuah, asking it to stop security agencies from investigating or arresting her over bulletproof cars scandal.
Oduah, who is now a Senator representing Anambra Central in the
National Assembly, had in an application prayed for an order to stop
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Police from
arresting and investigating her over allegations leveled against her.
She also asked the court to forbid the Attorney-General of the
Federation’s office, the EFCC, and the police from “inviting,
arresting, investigating or prosecuting” her over the purchase of two
armoured BMW vehicles at the cost of N255m by the Nigerian Civil
Aviation Authority under her watch as the Aviation Minister in 2013.
Oduah asked the court to declare illegal the alleged plot by the
respondents to arrest, investigate and prosecute her in relation to
her activities while in office, particularly the controversial two
armoured vehicles purchased.
But Justice Abdu Kafarati of Abuja High Court in his judgment thought otherwise.
The Judge said that the application by the Oduah was abnormal, saying the court lacked the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the case.
He held that no court had the power to stop security agencies
from carrying out their duty of investigation.
He said, “It is not grantable by this court because the court cannot
stop security agencies from carrying out their duties. There is no way
a person can be investigated without being invited by the body charged
with the responsibility of investigation.
“In most cases, the invitation is even in the interest of the invitee
because he or she will have the opportunity of giving his or her side
of the story.
“I therefore hold that the application seeking to stop security
agencies from inviting, investigating, arresting and/or prosecuting
any person suspected to have committed an offence does not constitute
a fundamental right action.”
Recall that Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, had in
February dismissed a fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by the
former Minister of Aviation-turned Senator, against the Attorney
General of the Federation, AGF, and three others.
The purchase of the armoured vehicles by the Nigerian Civil Aviation
Authority while Oduah was in office attracted public criticism over
allegation that the prices were inflated and the public had demanded then for her sack.
It took former President Goodluck Jonathan sometime to drop her in a cabinet reshuffle in 2014.

Author: News Editor

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