Magu’s Confirmation: Litigant Asks Court to Commit Saraki to Prison for Contempt

As the controversy surrounding the rejection of Ibrahim Magu’s confirmation of appointment as the substantive Chairman of the Economoic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) by the Senate rages, a legal practitioner, Oluwatosin Ojaomo has asked the court to commit the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to prison for disobeying court order.
Ojaomo, who is the plaintiff had on January 24 this year filed a legal action against the screening of Ibrahim Magu by the Senate.
He had also prayed for an order of the court compelling the contemnor to immediately purge itself of the contempt by reversing the resolution made on January 15, by the Senate by the rejection of Magu’s confirmation.
In a motion brought, Thursday, pursuant to section 6(6) A&B of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) the applicant asked the court to commit the Senate President of the Nations Assembly for contempt for disobeying, challenging, assaulting and undermining the judicial proceeding and integrity of court.
The applicant stated in a 22 paragraphs affidavit deposed to in support of the motion by Olatunde Ojaomo that he had on January 24 , this year commenced a legal action on the interpretation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act with respect to the confirmation of the Chairman.
That despite the facts that all court processes, copies of restrain the motions and hearing notices were served on the contemnor, he refused to file any response.
Instead, he went ahead and initiated a legislative proceeding before the Nigerian Senate on the confirmation of the Chairman of the EfCC on March 15 when he knew the court had adjourned the matter for hearing .
The affidavit further stated that the contemnor acted against the clear rules of the Senate which specifically state that matters that are pending or sub-judice before any competent court of jurisdiction shall not be discussed on floor of the Senate.
The applicant pleaded with court that punishing the contemnor will serve as a deterrent to persons who are planning to commit the same act of contempt of court in future.

Author: News Editor

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