By Henry Ojelu
Justice Yetunde Adesanya of an Ikeja High Court today gave the Lagos State House of Assembly nod to probe former Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode over the procurement of 820 buses for public transportation.
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The Lagos State House of Assembly had suspended the probe following an order of the court which directed parties to the suit to maintain status quo, following a suit filed by the former governor.
However, ruling on the matter today, Justice Adesanya vacated the suit in line with the argument of lawyers to the Lagos House of Assembly, stressing that the suit is incompetent and that the court can not stop the Lagos House of Assembly from carrying out its constitutional oversight functions.
In her ruling on Thursday, Justice Yetunde Adesanya upheld the preliminary objections of the lawmakers and held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to stop them from going ahead with the probe.
Justice Adesanya also ruled that the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the former governor was a fact-finding committee.
According to the judge, an investigation is not an indictment and “the claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted”.
“An invitation by an agency of government cannot in any way cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.
“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.
“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accede such invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” she held.
Meanwhile, the former governor has faulted the ruling of the court, stressing that it would challenge the decision.