Court To Hear Suit On INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Assets Declaration

A Federal High in Abuja has fixed September 26 (today) for hearing a suit seeking to compel Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to declare his assets.

Court To Hear Suit On INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, Assets Declaration

The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/33/2021, was filed by one Emmanuel Agonsi.

While Yakubu is listed as the second respondent in the suit, the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is cited as the first respondent.

The plaintiff, through his lawyer, Solomon Akpe, is seeking an order of mandamus “directing and compelling the 1st respondent (CCB), either by its staff, officers, privies, servants or otherwise howsoever described to issue, comply with and/or make available to the applicant or his privies or counsel, information and details of the assets declarations forms of the 2nd respondent and his unmarried adult children kept by the 1st respondent as requested in the applicant’s letter of 17th December 2020; as well as accept payment of the appropriate fees from the applicant forthwith.

“An order of mandamus directing and compelling the 1st Respondent (CCB) either by its staff, officers, privies, servants or otherwise howsoever described, to issue, comply with and/or make available to the applicant or his privies or counsel, information and details of the assets declarations forms of the 2nd Respondent (Prof. Yakubu) and his unmarried adult children kept by the 1st Respondent as requested in the applicant’s letter of 17th December 2020; as well as accept payment of the appropriate fees from the applicant forthwith.

“A declaration that the 1st respondent has a statutory and public duty to furnish the applicant information and details concerning the 2nd respondent as contained in the applicant’s letter of request dated 17th December 2020.

“A declaration that the refusal or failure of the 1st respondent to respond to or comply with the applicant’s request as contained in his Letter dated 17th December 2020 constitutes a refusal/failure of the 1st respondent’s statutory and/or public duty to the applicant and is therefore unlawful, illegal, abuse of powers, abuse of discretion and ultra vires”.

Alternately, the plaintiff requested a order “directing the 1st respondent, either by itself, officer, staff or nominee to forthwith produce for the examination of this honourable court, certified copies of the assets declaration forms of the 2nd respondent (Prof Yakubu) and his unmarried adult children submitted to the 1st respondent for the period of 2007- 2012 and 2015-2020 and any other ones declared thereafter”.

Meanwhile, John Tsoho, chief judge, ordered service of all the relevant processes and hearing notices on the respondents.

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