Court Says Police Should Arrest APC Chairman, Others for Murder
A Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State has vacated its order
restraining the police from arresting the All Progressives Congress (APC)
in Ekiti State Chairman, Jide Awe and four others that are wanted for
Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa ruled today that “nobody can tie the hands of the
police from performing their constitutional duties,” and that the exparte
order he granted, restraining the arrest of Jide Awe and others was just
for a limited time.
Jide Awe, and four other members of the APC members are wanted by the
police for their alleged involvement in the murder of Ayo Jeje and
Juliana Adewumi in Erinjiyan-Ekiti, Ekiti State on March 31, 2013.
Apart from Jide Awe, others being wanted by the police are Faboro Ojo
John, Aniramu Basiru, Falayi Busuyi and Owonifari Sefiu.
The suspects had approached the Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State
with an exparte motion, seeking an order restraining the police from
In a motion before Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, the plaintiffs urged the
court to declare as unconstitutional the planned and threatened arrest,
detention and arraignment.
The plaintiffs argued that the offence for which they were being targeted
for re-arrest had been heard by a court and the case dismissed.
Ruling on the exparte motion, Justice Lewis-Allagoa granted all the
reliefs sought by the applicants pending the determination of the
originating motion on notice before the court.
He ordered the motion be served on the respondents not less than seven
days before the hearing of the Originating Motion on Notice and adjourned
the matter to December 3, 2014 for hearing.
However, when the matter came up today, counsel to the Inspector General
of Police, Plateau and Ekiti States Commissioners of Police, Mr Abayomi
Sadiku urged the court to vacate the restraining order granted on November
Justice Allagoa consequenly vacated the order, on the ground that the
hands of the police cannot be tied from performing their constitutional
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