Court Slams Festus Keyamo N10m Fine For Filing Frivolous Suit Against Atiku

By Damilare Adeleye
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An Abuja Federal High Court has slammed a N10 million fine against Mr Festus Keyamo, the immediate-past Minister of State for Labour and Employment for instituting a frivolous suit against Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate in the last general election.

Justice James Omotosho, in a ruling, awarded a N5 million fine each in favour of Abubakar and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, totalling a N10 million against Keyamo.

Justice Omotosho, who described the suit as “frivolous, vexatious and abuse of court processes,” directed that the fine should be paid “at 10 per cent per annum until the cost is finally liquidated.”

The order followed an oral application by counsel for Atiku, Benson Igbanoi, and that of the ICPC, Oluwakemi Odogun, asking for cost after the matter was dismissed.

It would be recalled that Keyamo, who was also the spokesperson of the dissolved Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, had filed the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/84/2023 on Jan. 20.

In the application, he had sought an order compelling the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, ICPC, and the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, to probe and prosecute Atiku Abubakar for misappropriation of public fund during his tenure as vice-president of the country.