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OPIC: Court orders police, Ogun Assembly to appear before it

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OPIC: Court orders police, Ogun Assembly to appear before it

By Sandra Umeh

The Lagos Federal High Court on Monday ordered the Ogun State Assembly and the Nigerian police to appear before it, the Nigeria News Agency reports .

The court wants the assembly to demonstrate why it should not grant the reparations requested by a former managing director of the Ogun Property Investment Corporation (OPIC), Mr. Babajide Odusola, against them.

The respondents in the lawsuit are the Clerk of the Ogun State House of Assembly, the Inspector General of Police, the Deputy Inspector General of Zone II Police and the Ogun Police Commissioner .

Judge Peter Lifu ordered the parties to appear and justify, following an exparte request filed by Odusola to assert his fundamental rights against the respondents.

The plaintiff seeks an order prohibiting the Respondents from taking action on a report of the Ogun Assembly, by invitation or arrest, pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion.

At the appeal of the case Monday, Mr. Adetunji Adedoyin-Adeniyi and Mr. Oluwatosin Adesioye, announced the appearances of the applicant.

Adedoyin-Adeniyi informed the court of the exparte request.

Lifu, therefore, has adjourned the case until November 1 for the parties to appear in court and show why the relief sought by the plaintiff should not be granted.

“The Respondents hereby have seven days from today to appear and explain why the Applicant’s prayers should not be answered,” he said.

The court also ordered the respondents to respond to the plaintiff’s motion within seven days of Monday.

In an affidavit in support of his claim, the claimant asserted that in October 2020 he received a letter from the Ogun Assembly, requesting him to appear at the meeting of his Public Accounts and Struggle Committee. against corruption (PAAC).

He said the session was supposed to clarify some alleged irregularities in CIPO’s activities, adding that prior to this letter he had never received any complaints or accusations against him as CIPO CEO. .

According to the Grievor, he honored the VIP invitation, but was surprised when faced with allegations of the misappropriation of CIPO funds, which he had not previously been informed or interviewed about.

The Grievor said that shortly after his visit to the committee, social and traditional media were excited by the news of his investigation for alleged fraudulent activity during his tenure as CIPO CEO.

He said the media trial without concluding an investigation or admitting evidence against him was a violation of his personal freedom.

He therefore requested an interim order directing the parties to maintain the status quo with respect to the decision of the Ogun Assembly, pending the determination of the originating motion.

He also sought an order prohibiting the respondents from taking further action with respect to the subject matter pending the prosecution’s decision.

Source: NAN

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