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El-Rufai vs Senate: Court to deliver judgment Dec 18

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—A federal high court sitting in Abuja yesterday fixed December 18, this year, for judgment in a suit by former Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai seeking to void the decision by the Senate barring him, for life, from holding public office.

The trial high court judge, Justice Garba Umar fixed the date yesterday after parties were told that the judgment was not yet ready.

Yesterday was the third time when delivery of judgment in the case would be rescheduled.

The fact of the case was that shortly after the Joint Senate Committee on FCT and Housing indicted El-Rufai over his handling of the duties of his office with regards to the sale of housing units belonging to the Federal Government and banned from holding any public office in the country, he mandated his lawyers to go to court.

Specifically, he asked the court through his lawyer, Mr Bamidele Aturu to challenge the legality of the Senate decision when he was allegedly tried without giving him fair hearing.

He came to court by a way of enforcing his fundamental human rights. He succeeded in procuring the leave of the court to sue the Senate, its President, Senator Sodangi who headed the joint committee that indicted him.


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