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Court stops Police from arresting Kalu

By Ise-Oluwa IGE, Abuja
An Abuja high court sitting at Zone 11, Wuse yesterday issued an interim order stopping the Inspector General of Police [IGP], Mr. Ogbonna Onovo and the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory [FCT], Mr. John Haruna from executing the warrant of arrest made against former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu by the Imo State House of  Assembly pending the final determination of the motion on notice filed before it.
The court also restrained other officers and men under the Inspector General of Police and the F.C.T Police Commissioner including their agents or servants from complying with the said warrant of arrest. Besides, the court granted leave to Dr. Kalu to enforce his fundamental rights to personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of movement and expression as provided under section 35,36, 41 and 39 respectively, of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The order was secured by counsel to the applicant, Chief Solo Akuma [SAN].  The trial judge also ordered that the order of leave granted Kalu should operate as a stay of all actions on matters relating to or connected with the complaint in this application.

Justice Danlami Senchi who gave the order further directed the applicant to serve the order granting leave and all other originating motion on notice on the Imo State House of Assembly, the Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly and the Chairman of the House Ad-Hoc Committee on Financial Impropriety Against Governor Ikedi Godson Ohakim, Hon. Sam Daddy Anyanwu by substituted service to wit: by dropping it in the office of the Clerk of the Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri.

The Imo State House of Assembly had in its resolution on Tuesday November 17, issued a warrant of arrest against the former Abia State Governor, for his failure to honour its invitation to give evidence on allegations of financial impropriety he allegedly made against Governor Ikedi.

The said warrant directed the Inspector General of Police and the FCT Command to carry out the arrest of Kalu. But before the warrant of arrest was executed, Kalu went before an Abuja high  court challenging the action of the Imo State House of Assembly.

In a motion No. FCT/HC/M/890/09 filed by his counsel, Chief Solo Akuma [SAN], the Chairman Board of Trustee of the Progressive Peoples Party [PPA] applied for leave for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

The presiding Judge, Justice Senchi, upon hearing the applicant counsel granted the leave as well as other preservative releifs and adjourned the matter to December 21, 2009 for hearing.


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