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Court rejects Saraki’s fundamental rights suit

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki lost another legal battle Friday as a Federal High Court in Lagos, struck out a suit filed by him to seek the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

Court rejects Saraki’s fundamental rights suit

Senator Bukola Saraki

The presiding Judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba in a short ruling, declined jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Saraki had in his suit through his lawyer, Mr Ajibola Oluyede, on Sept. 30 asked for the protection of the court to guarantee his fundamental rights against “political victimization”.

Joined as respondents in the suit are: The Attorney General of the Federation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC.

Other respondents are: Inspector General of Police, Code of Conduct Bureau, Code of Conduct Tribunal and Justice Danladi Umar.

Also joined are: Mr Ataedze Adza, Mr Sam Saba, Mr Mohammed Diri and Mr M.S Hassan.

Before now, Oluyede had brought an ex-parte application before the court, but Justice Buba ordered that the respondents be put on notice.

The Judge also raised the issue of jurisdiction and ordered counsel to address him on whether it had jurisdiction to hear the suit or not.

When the matter came up, Counsel to Saraki informed the court that all parties to the suit had been respectively served with the court processes.

Buba however, told counsels to address the court on the issue of jurisdiction.

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