Court bars DSS, Police, CCB from investigating INEC Chairman over asset declaration

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Professor Yakubu Mahmood, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has been cleared of allegations of false asset declaration by a Federal High Court sitting in Garki, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The court also barred the DSS, the Nigerian Police, and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) from investigating Yakubu regarding his valid assets declaration.

An originating summon filed by one Siomadina Uzoamaka against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Yakubu sought, among other things, an order of mandatory injunction directing and compelling the INEC Chairman to step down pending the investigation and consideration of the various allegations against him by the various law enforcing agencies.

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The plaintiff also requested a court order prohibiting Yakubu from holding or assuming any public office for a period of ten years.

In response to the allegation, Professor Yakubu provided the court with several exhibits demonstrating the sources of funds used to purchase the properties that the plaintiff claimed were illegally acquired, and he insisted that his assets declaration was properly completed.

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Delivering judgment, Justice Maryam Hassan found that the declaration of assets by Professor Yakubu was lawful, valid, and in compliance with the law and that he cannot be investigated by any of the security agencies listed by the claimant.

The Court declined to grant any of the 14 prayers of the claimant, declaring that the INEC Chairman cannot be removed over “fabricated” allegations of false assets declaration.

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The judge, therefore, dismissed the claims of the claimant and allowed the counter-claim of the defendant.

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