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Oduah loses bid to stop probe, arrest



Oduah loses bid to stop probe, arrest

A former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, has lost her bid to stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and other anti-graft agencies from investigating or arresting her over her activities while in office.

The Federal High Court, in Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed Oduah’s application, describing it as without merit and bereft of any cause of action.

Trial judge, Justice Adamu Kafarati, while ruling, upheld the objections raised by the respondents, saying the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case.

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Oduah, a Senator from Anambra, had approached the court seeking an order declaring as illegal, alleged plot to arrest, investigate and prosecute her in relation to her activities while in office as minister.

Joined as respondents are Attorney General of Police, AGF, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Inspector General of Police, IGP and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.

According to Justice Kafarati, the former minister could not come under the fundamental rights procedure to seek the reliefs sought in the case, adding that the subject matter was not a fundamental rights issue. He also ruled that the applicant cannot seek to restrain statutory bodies from performing their statutory responsibilities through such application.

By Timothy Enietan-Matthews

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