Illegal removal of Saraki will not be allowed – Federal High Court


The Federal High Court, in Abuja, on Tuesday gave a warning saying it will not allow any unlawful move to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki from office. The court warned that the status quo must stand, pending the determination of a suit filed by some senators in that regards.
Recall that Senator Rafiu Adebayo (Kwara South) and Senator Isa Misau (Bauchi Central) had dragged the attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, the inspector general of police and the State Security Services (SSS) to court in a bid to restrain them from aiding the forceful removal or impeachment of the Senate president from office.
Cited as defendants in the matter were the Senate, the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawal (Senate Leader), Senator Bala Ibn Nallah (Deputy Senate Leader), Senator Emma Buacha (Deputy Minority Leader), Clerk of the Senate, Deputy Clerk of the Senate, the Attorney General of the Federation, Inspector General of Police and the State Security Service, SSS.
When the matter came up yesterday, plaintiffs’ counsel Emeka Etiaba (SAN) informed the court that he had a motion exparte dated August 27, 2018, and filed same day.
Etiaba told the court that, in the event, the court was constrained to grant reliefs 1, 2, and 3, “Our alternative prayer is for the court to make preservatory orders in order to protect the res (subject matter) of the suit.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba held that, in respect of reliefs 1, 2, and 3, which are orders of interim injunction, “I believe the proper order to make is an order of accelerated hearing of the suit so that the court can consider and determine the merits of the substantive case expeditiously.
The court granted reliefs 4 and 5, and directed substituted service of court processes, the originating summons and motion for injunction on the 1st to 8th defendants through the clerk of the National Assembly and also ordered substituted service on the 10th to 12th defendants by courier service. The court adjourned till September 6, 2018, for accelerated hearing of the originating summon.


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