JUST IN: Ambode loses bid to stop probe by lawmakers over purchase of 820 buses

An Ikeja High Court has dismissed a suit filed by former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, seeking to stop his probe by the state Assembly over the purchase of 820 buses for Bus Reform Project.

It would be recalled that Ambode had instituted the civil suit against the State House of Assembly, its Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, and the House Clerk, Mr A.A. Sanni.

Other respondents are Mr Fatai Mojeed, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee set up by the House to probe the procurement of the buses and eight members of the committee.

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The Presiding Justice Yetunde Adesanya ruled that the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate Ambode was a fact-finding committee.

The judge stated that an investigation is not an indictment.

“The claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted. An invitation by an agency of government cannot in any way cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.

“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.

“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accede such invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” Yetunde said.

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