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Court clears INEC chairman of alleged breach of assets declaration form

The Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri has thrown out an appeal filed against the judgment of the Federal High which declared that Prof. Mahmood Yakubu did not breach the Code of Conduct Bureau Assets Declaration Form.

In a unanimous judgment delivered by the the Presiding Justice, Hon. Justice Nosakhare Pemu, the appellate court held that the Appellant, Prince Njoku who was also the Plaintiff at the Federal High Court in Umuahia did not have the locus standi to initiate the case and therefore decided all three issues raised by the Appellant in favour of the Respondents.

The Court thereafter proceeded to restrain the Code of Conduct Bureau, the Nigerian Police Force, the EFCC, DSS and all other security agencies from investigating or prosecution Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on the basis of the allegations of the Appellant.

Reacting to the judgment, Executive Director of the Centre for Transparency Advocacy, Ms. Faith Nwadishi said from this judgment coming out now, it is clear that the anti-BVAS agents have been at work if the Federal High Court judgment was given since March 2021.

Ms. Nwadishi hailed the justices of the Court of Appeal and also enjoined all courts nation to be very circumspect in giving any verdict on any case before them which has capacity to truncate Nigeria’s march towards a free, fair, credible and acceptable 2023 general election.

CTA Executive Director also maintained that “Nigerians are ready to protect the country’s democratic journey with everything within our legitimate resources including our blood and the BVAS has proved to be the greatest nightmare to election riggers and we must protect it”.

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