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Court Orders Arrest of INEC Chairman


By Charity Simon, Abuja


A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the arrest of Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, for refusing to appear in court.

Justice Stephen Pam on Thursday gave the warrant of arrest following Mahmood’s absent in court for the third time.

The INEC boss had on July 10, shunned an order summoning him to appear before the court.

Justice Pam 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.

The judge made the order for Mahmood to appear before it 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), Anambra State respectively.

The trial judge asked the police to effect the arrest immediately.

DAILY ASSET learnt that Justice Pam had at the last three sittings ordered the INEC chairman to appear before the court to show cause as to why he should not be committed to prison for contempt.

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