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Buhari’s minister, Fayemi, drags Ekiti Assembly to court, demands N.5bn damages

Buhari's minister, Fayemi, drags Ekiti Assembly to court, demands N.5bn damages

Ekiti State’s former governor and present Minister of Solid Minerals, Kayode Fayemi, has initiated a N500million suit against the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

Fayemi took the action in reaction to a bench warrant of arrest issued against him by the state Assembly.

The Assembly had, after the former governor failed to honour its summon on him to appear before it to answer questions on alleged corruption, urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest Fayemi and bring him before the plenary of the House.

The Assembly said he should explain allegation of misappropriation of State Universal Basic Education funds totaling N850million.

The lawmakers also want Fayemi to clear himself of an alleged fraud in the award of contracts during his administration between 2010 and 2014.

However, Fayemi not happy with the action of the lawmakers, instituted a suit against them through his counsel, Rafiu Balogun, arguing that the move by the Assembly was politically motivated and done in bad faith.

He is, therefore, demanding N500million from the defendants to serve as general damages for the embarrassment and public ridicule the issuance of the summons and arrest warrant had inflicted on his person expecially as it widely circulated in the print , electronic and online media.

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Fayemi further contended that the summons and warrant of arrest issued against him by the Assembly was done in gross violation of the provisions of Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The defendants are the Ekiti Assembly,  Speaker Kola Oluwawole, the Inspector General of Police and Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Abdullahi Chafe.

Fayemi had also, not long ago, slammed a N3billion libel suit against a member of Ekiti State House of Assembly, Samuel Omotoso, and the Special Assistant on New Media and Public Communications to Governor Ayodele Fayose, Lere Olayinka.

 

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