A Federal High Court, Abuja headed by Justice Gabriel Kolawole, yesterday threatened to quash the report of the police investigation on the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015, if it discovered that decisions had been taken on it when the case was already in court.
The suit was filed on July 23 by Senator Gilbert Nnaji but the police have since completed their investigation and forwarded their report to the office of Attorney-General of the Federation for legal advice and further action.
Justice Kolawole before adjourning the matter said the police would be made to account for actions they had taken on the investigation since the suit was instituted.
Before adjourning the matter to September 8, he directed that the suit be transferred to Justice Adeniyi Ademola, who will take over from him as vacation judge.
Justice Kolawole, while ruling on the plaintiff’s ex-parte application on July 27 ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase and the Attorney-General of the Federation 9yet to be appointed) to appear in court yesterday to show cause why they should not be restrained from taking any further step on the investigation.
But contrary to the expectation of the plaintiff’s counsel, Mr. P.J Nwokolo, the police, through their lawyer, Mr. David Abuo, filed a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court.
The office of the AGF represented by Mr. Taiwo Abidogun, also informed the court that it had filed similar preliminary objection challenging the court’s jurisdiction.
Also, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, represented by Chief Mamman Osuman (SAN), said he had filed an application seeking to be joined in the suit.
Nwokolo, however urged the court to grant the restraining order against the police as contained in the ex parte application since they had failed to comply with the court’s order directing them to convince the court why the ex parte prayer should not be granted.
Ruling on Nwokolo’s application, the judge declined to restrain the police in the light of the applications filed by other parties to the suit.
The alleged forged Senate Standing Rule was used for the conduct of the election which brought in the current leadership of the Senate on June 9, 2015.
Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who emerged as the Deputy Senate President from the election which took place shortly after the proclamation of the National Assembly also hails from Enugu State like Nnaji and represents Enugu-West in the Senate.
He is among the senators and the management of the National Assembly, especially the Clerk, Salisu Maikasuwa, questioned by the police over the alleged forgery.