The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, struck out a suit seeking to stop any attempt to reconvene the Nigerian Senate for the purpose of impeaching Dr. Bukola Saraki as the Senate President.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba struck out the suit filed by two former All Progressive Congress (APC) Senators, Rafiu Adebayo and Isa Misau, following an application by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Senators Adebayo and Misau were not represented in court at the resumed hearing of the case marked FHC/ABJ/CS/843/2018 on Thursday. Consequently, the AGF who was represented by Mr. T. D. Agbe, urged the court to strike out the case for want of diligent prosecution.
The AGF further prayed the court to award a cost of N10million against the plaintiffs for filing a frivolous suit. He noted that the plaintiffs who were previously represented by a consortium of Senior Advocates of Nigeria led by Mr. Mahmud Magaji and Emeka Etiaba, were aware that the matter was slated for hearing.
“We apply for a substantial cost to be awarded against the plaintiffs to teach them a lesson. This court is not a play ground, it is a place for serious business”, the AGF submitted.
Counsel to both the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Kola Oluwole and that of the Department of State Service, Mr. Shimana Azeh, adopted the position of the AGF and requested that the case should be struck out.
In a short ruling, Justice Dimgba acceded to request of the Defendants and struck out the case for want of deligent prosecution.
Vanguard repoorts that the plaintiffs who are representing Kwara South and Bauchi Central, respectively, had alleged that some chieftains of their former party, APC, led by its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomohole and the AGF, had perfected plans to use security agencies to force Saraki to vacate his position as the Senate President. They had therefore applied for an order of interlocutory injunction stopping any impeachment proceeding against Saraki, pending the determination of legal issues they posed before the court.
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