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Aregbesola: Court reserves judgment for Aug 4

By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS — A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, yesterday, adjourned till August 4, 2009, for judgment in the N20 billion suit by the Osun State governorship candidate of the Action Congress (AC) in the 2007 general election, Chief Rauf Aregbesola, who is challenging his planned arrest over alleged forgery of police document.

Trial judge, Justice Akinjide Ajakaiye, fixed the date for judgment, after counsel to the parties adopted their respective written addresses.

Defendants in the suit are the Inspector-General of Police, Osun State Commissioner of Police, Attorney-General of the Federation, Osun State government, the state Attorney-General and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police

Aregbesola is claiming that the defendants infringed on his fundamental human rights to freedom as guaranteed under section 35 of the 1999 Constitution.

He is also praying the court to restrain the police from arresting him in connection with allegation that the police report he tendered to prove electoral irregularities in the Osun State governorship election was forged.

Aregbesola is also seeking an order of the court to restrain Osun State government from arresting him in connection with the bomb blast that rocked the state secretariat, Abeere on July 14, 2007.

Arguing the matter in court, Aregbesola’s lawyer maintained that the suit was informed by the various publications of the defendants threatening to arrest him in connection with the police document, contending further that the counter-affidavit of the respondents was predicated on 2008 fundamental human rights enforcement procedure rules.

He argued that the respondents came under the wrong rules, insisting that the only fundamental human rights enforcement rules in the country was that of 1979.

He argued that the first, third and sixth respondents (IGP, Federal Attorney-General and Lagos State Commissioner of Police) admitted all the facts in the application by not filing any processes to challenge the suit.


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