The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos says it cannot stop the Police or any other security agencies from performing their constitutional duty.
Justice Saliu Seidu, gave this ruling today in a fundamental rights application filed by oil magnate, Mr Ifeanyi Ubah.
Mr Ubah is seeking a perpetual injunction restraining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, and the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, from arresting, investigating and prosecuting him over alleged forgery.
Mr Ubah and his oil company, Capital Oil and Gas Limited, had urged the court to restrain the respondents from the continued witch-hunt, threat of arrest and detention against him in a matter involving lease of land and/or purchase of shares of a subsidiary of DTV Limited.
He claimed that the case is purely a civil transaction.
The lawyers to the IGP and AGF have urged the court to dismiss Mr Ubah’s application for lack of merit.
They both contend that the allegation against the applicant is a criminal matter which their agencies are constitutionally empowered to investigate and prosecute.
The Nigeria Police High Command has ordered a restriction of movement within the boundaries of Anambra State with effect from 6.00pm on Friday, 15 November, to 6.00am on Sunday, 17 November, 2013.
Consequently, all states contiguous to Anambra State – the states of Delta, Enugu, Imo, Abia will be heavily policed. However, those on essential duties are not affected by this order.
The force has sternly warned all security details to desist from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election. It reiterates that only police personnel specifically assigned for election duties must be seen within and around the election designated places.
The Police High Command noted that the restriction order is informed by the demands of overriding security considerations. Noting that the force is not ignorant of the citizens’ right to freedom of movement, as enshrined in the constitution, it however insists that this is a pre-emptive measure aimed at forestalling elaborate plans by faceless groups to undermine the electoral process as gathered through intelligence reports.
The apex police authority therefore, while empathizing with the citizenry over the inconveniences the order may cause, implored them to see this order as very necessary in the present circumstance and geared towards the quest for a seamless, credible and successful governorship election.
The force also suggested that travellers should take advantage of alternate routes to their destinations where necessary within the days, Friday 15 – Sunday 17 November, 2013, that this order is in force.
The Labour Party candidate in the November 16 elections, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, has asked Governor Peter Obi to produce the audited report of the state accounts for the year 2012.
Dr Ubah told Anambra citizens in Lagos that the incumbent has nothing tangible to show in the last 7 years, especially in the area of infrastructure, job creation and accountability.
He goes on to say that if voted into power, his government will aggressively industrialize the state and ensure that his government gives support to business ventures.