INEC chairman challenges arrest order at the appeal court

INEC chairman challenges arrest order at the appeal court

- Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, has asked the Court of Appeal to quash the arrest order against him

- Yakubu is challenging the arrest order in a notice of appeal he filed through Chief Adegboyega Awomolo

- Yakubu said he had not disobeyed any court order

Prof Mahmoud Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has asked the Court of Appeal to quash the arrest order against him.

The INEC chairman who is challenging the arrest order in a notice of appeal he filed through Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, his lead counsel, is claiming that Justice Pam acted in bad faith in the issuance of the arrest order.

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He argued that he had already filed a pending appeal against the order and the attention of the judge drawn to the appeal, This Day reports.

Yakubu said he had not disobeyed any court order because he was not present before the court, when the alleged order directing his personal presence was made and that Justice Pam who issued the order has no jurisdiction to punish him for the alleged disobedience of court order committed ex-facie curie (outside the court).

NAIJ.com had reported that a Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday, August 1, ordered a bench warrant against the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud, for disobedience of court order.

Justice Stephen Pam gave the order for Mahmoud to be arrested after his absence in court to explain why he should not be committed to prison for alleged contempt of court.

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At the resumed hearing in the case on Wednesday, August 1, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), counsel to Mahmood, told the court that his client was absent in court because he was attending an important national assignment in Mali.

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