Appeal court quashes arrest order on INEC chair

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By Juliet Odey
A court of appeal in Abuja, has on Monday, quashed an arrest warrant issued on the chairman of the Independent National, Electoral Commission (INEC), professor Mahmood Yakubu by an Abuja high court.
Justice Abdul Aboki who gave the stay of execution order order, adjourned the hearing of the suit filed by the INEC Chairman to September 17, 2018.
Justice Stephen Pam of a Federal High Court in Abuja had issued the arrest warrant on August 8 after the INEC chairman failed to appear before him on three occasions.
The judge had on July 5 ordered Yakubu to appear before him to show cause why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court.
He made the order for Mahmood to appear before him while ruling on a preliminary objection by INEC and its Chairman in a contempt proceeding filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, respectively.
Five days later, on July 10 when the court sat again, the INEC boss was absent in court. His counsel, Mr Adeboyega Awomolo, informed the court that his client had filed an appeal challenging that order at the appeal court and another appeal before the Federal High Court asking for a stay of proceedings pending the determination of the appeal.

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