Court To Rule On Ubah’s Suit Feb. 18
The Federal High Court in Lagos has fixed February 18 for ruling on the preliminary objection filed by the Nigerian Police against the suit filed by the Chairman, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah over alleged infringement on his rights.
The suit which was filed on behalf of Ubah by his counsel, Mr. R.A. Oluyede has the Inspector General of Police (IGP) as first respondent.
Also joined as respondents in the suit are: the Commissioner of Police, Special Fraud Unit (CP SFU), Mr Ayotunde Ogunsakin; the CEO of Access Bank, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imokhuede and the Managing Director Coscharis Motors, Mr. Cosmas Maduka.
Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke fixed the date after listening to arguments of the counsel on the matter.
The counsel representing the IGP, Mr. Godwin Obla had filed a notice of preliminary objection to the suit, saying that the applicant cannot by his application, restrain the first respondent (the Police) from carrying out their statutory functions.
Mr. Ubah had filed the application on January 10, seeking an order of court setting aside an alleged interim report issued by the CP SFU, dated November 2, 2012.
The applicant in his originating motion averred that the interim report, in which the second respondent had purported that the applicant will be arraigned on a prima facie case of money laundering and criminal conspiracy, is a prosecutorial misconduct.
He also argued that another report dated November 3, in which it had stated that the report will be submitted in a case of stealing and economic sabotage, amounted to a breach of the applicantâ€™s fundamental right.
The applicant also sought a declaration nullifying the complaint made by the presidential committee on verification of oil subsidy payment to oil marketers, as tainted by malice.
Mr. Ubah, therefore, prayed for an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the IGP, and the CP SFU, from further harassing, arresting or instituting any criminal process against him.
The applicant also requested a compensatory damage of N10 billion, to be paid by all respondents jointly and severally, for the injury suffered as a result of his detention at the Ikoyi office of the second respondent for 10 days.