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Court adjourns committal proceedings against Jega

By Festus Ahon

ASABA—A Federal High Court sitting in Warri, Delta State, has adjourned the committal proceedings initiated against the Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, over his alleged disobedience to the judgment of the court, which ordered the restoration of Ughelli South 1 and Isoko North 1 constituencies to February 24, 2015 for definite hearing.

Trial judge, Justice Shitu Abubakar, granted the request of INEC’s counsel, Mr Olufemi Adeyemi, who prayed the court for adjournment to enable him get the details of forms 48 and 49 and the motion for committal from INEC headquarters to enable him react accordingly.

Counsel to the plaintiffs, Chief Efe Akpofure, SAN, who spoke to newsmen after the matter was adjourned, said the case was a matter that deserved extreme urgency since the judgment was a judgment for the restoration of state constituencies that should participate in the coming general elections.

He said: “Nobody is bigger than the court; you must obey court orders,” expressing the hope that INEC would do the needful.

“The court has made an order and that judgment is subsisting. I don’t want to believe that the delay in the implementation of the court judgment is political. We expect INEC to do the needful, having been put on notice,” he added.

According to him, unless Prof Jega complies with the court judgment, they would not withdraw the contempt of court proceedings against him. He said similar judgments had been given in other states and those constituencies were restored.



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