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Aondoakaa asks court to dismiss Ribadu’s suit

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

ABUJA—the Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Mike Aondoakaa, SAN, yesterday asked a Federal high court sitting in Abuja to dismiss a suit filed by the pioneer Chairman of EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, seeking to void the warrant of arrest issued against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Aondoakaa who applied to join the suit last week made his request vide a preliminary objection filed by him to stop hearing Ribadu’s case on its merit.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal had issued the warrant of arrest against Ribadu over his alleged failure to appear before it to face a non-declaration of assets charge.

The order was directed at the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ogbonaya Onovo who had already enlisted the assistance of men of Interpol to arrest Ribadu anywhere he is residing in the world.

Ribadu had dragged both Onovo who wanted to execute the warrant and the tribunal that issued the order of arrest  before the Abuja Federal high court over the propriety of the roles they were playing in the matter with a view to quashing the warrant.

Ribadu had specifically stated that the tribunal which ordered his arrest was not a proper court of record and had no powers to order the arrest of anybody offshore.

He had also claimed that Onovo also had no powers to enlist the support of men of the Interpol when the Attorney-General of the Federation did not get an order of extradition against him.

FG kicks over Ribadu counsel’s request

But the Attorney-General of the Federation yesterday told the court that the entire suit by Ribadu was incompetent and must be struck out on sundry grounds, including that the suit was fundamentally defective and incurably incompetent; that the suit was speculative, premature and hypothetical; that the suit was a gross and flagrant abuse of court process among others. Mr Abdul Malik Aikunegbe represented Aondoakaa in court yesterday.

But counsel to Ribadu, Mr Sola Egbeyinka yesterday said he was served a copy of the preliminary objection in court yesterday and would need to respond to it.

He said the chief law officer raised some fundamental issues which he would like to study and reply to.

He, however, asked the court to issue an interim order stopping the tribunal from taking any further step on the matter. The Federal Government however kicked, saying his request was laughable.


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