News Men File Arrest Suit Against Code Of Conduct Bureau Chairman Over Silence On El-rufai’s Assets.
Justice Mario Mohammed of a Kaduna State High Court has issued an arrest warrant against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, for contempt.
The warrant of arrest followed the repeated ignoring of several summons by the court in a suit between the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i and Today’s publishing Company Limited, and one other.
A warrant form obtained directed that police personnel and authorities should arrest the CCB Chairman and produce him before the court on February 13, 2019.
Earlier, Today Publishing company, the publisher of The Union Newspapers had filed an application requesting the court to subpoena CCB Chairman to produce assets declaration of El-Rufai in court after several failed efforts it made to obtain it from the CCB.
Justice Mohammed granted the approval based on the application filed by Counsel to The Union Newspapers, Mr J.N. Egwuonwu (SAN), during the continuation of defence at a previous sitting.
Egwuonwu represented by Hiifan Andrew Abuul had written an application to the court to subpoena CCB to tender the asset declaration of the Governor before the court.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor had gone to the court over a report carried by the newspaper in which it allegedly stated that he had declared N90 billion in his CCB assets declaration form.
Meanwhile, in a related development, Naija News had reported that the Code of Conduct Bureau denied access to newsmen on inquiry for the asset declaration forms of some members of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet such as Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Power, Work and Housing, Bababtunde Fashola among others.
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