Ambode Loses Bid To Stop Probe Over Purchase Of 820 Buses

Justice Yetunde Adesanya of an Ikeja High Court Thursday filed a lawsuit filed by Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos, who wanted to stop his investigation by the state assembly on the purchase of 820 buses for the Bus Reform Project.


The Nigeria news agency reports that Adesanya ruled that the ad hoc commission set up to investigate Ambode was a commission of inquiry.

“The claimant (Ambode) has not been charged. An invitation from a public authority cannot in any event cause a violation of the claimant’s fundamental rights.

“I hereby consider that the plaintiff’s action is an invitation to the court to paralyze the legal exercise of the legal power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.

“That is not the task of the court, and no court may accept such an invitation. The plaintiff’s suit is disabled, “she said.

NAN reports that Ambode had instituted civil proceedings against the State House of Assembly, the speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and the House Clerk, A.A. Sanni.

Other respondents are Fatai Mojeed, the chairman of the ad hoc committee set up by the House to investigate the purchase of the buses, and eight members of the committee.

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