Court bars Edo Govt, Gov. Obaseki from prosecuting Oshiomhole

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By Wandoo Sombo

Abuja – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has restrained Edo Government and Gov Godwin Obaseki from arresting and prosecuting Chairman of All (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole.

NAN reports that a panel of inquiry set up by headed by Justice J.U Oyomire, had in a white paper indicted Oshiomhole and recommended that criminal proceedings be commenced against him.

Oshiomhole, in an Ex parte motion, through counsel, Mr Ehiogie West- Idahosa, asked court to stop arrest and on account of the report.

The Edo government, however through its counsel Mr Ejeiseme, SAN, went to the court a preliminary objection to stop the ex parte order from being heard.

Ejeiseme argued that since he challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter, the court must determine the issue of jurisdiction before entertaining any other application.

He agreed that he had not been served the applicant’s processes, but that he responded based on an online version he had printed.

Following listening to arguments by parties, Justice Ahmed Mohammed ordered respondents in the matter not to any decision on the matter pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction.

”An interim order is hereby made restraining the of the applicant pursuant to the report submitted to the 1st to 3rd respondents or any white paper, pending the determination of the issue of jurisdiction raised in the 1st to 4th respondents’ notice of preliminary objection, the judge said.

The court also directed Oshiomhole’s counsel to serve all the respondents processes within 48 hours.

Also named as respondents in the are the Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice for Edo, Justice J.U Oyomire, Inspector-General of and the Department of State Services.

Justice Mohammed later adjourned the matter until June 17.