Breaking: Appeal court halts arrest of INEC chairman Mahmood

Breaking: Appeal court halts arrest of INEC chairman Mahmood

The warrant to arrest chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, by Justice Stephen Pam of the Federal High Court has been halted by Abuja division of the court of appeal.

Independent reports that a 3-man panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki suspended the enforcement of the arrest warrant in a ruling it delivered on Monday, in an appeal filed by Prof Mahmood, challenging the order made by Justice Pam for his arrest.

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It was reported that Justice Aboki submitted that it will be prejudicial for the trial court to proceed with hearing of the matter scheduled for August 14 since the matter has been adjourned to September 17, for hearing of the main appeal.

“Consequently, the panel unanimously ordered the stay if proceeding penning the hearing of Prof Mahmood’s appeals,” the Justice reportedly said.

NAIJ.com had reported that the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, August 8, ordered Nigeria's inspector general of police to arrest and bring the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, to court for refusing to obey a valid order court.

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Justice Stephen Pam had on July 5 ordered Yakubu to appear before him to prove why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court but five days later, on July 10 when the court sat again, Mahmood did not show up with his counsel, Mr Adeboyega Awomolo.

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Source: Naija.ng

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