Court orders arrest of Sani-Omolori

An Abuja High Court Judge, Justice Suleiman Belgore has issued a warrant for the arrest on Mr. Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the former Clerk of the National Assembly,

Belgore issued the order following an ex-parte application filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking an order of the court for his arrest for ignoring an invitation to report to its office over the investigation of a petition.

The commission stated that it was investigating a petition, alleging the diversion of 14 Toyota Hilux vehicles and 13 Peugeot 508 cars valued at over N400 million, adding that as part of its investigation, it invited the Secretary of the National Assembly Commission, Adamu Mohammed Fika, Mr Oluseye Ajakaye and others to its office.

It stated that the invitees made revelations indicting Omolori and letters were sent to him on November 4, 2019, and on March 16, this year. He has ignored both.

The EFCC stated that it was left with no option than to approach the court for a warrant of arrest to be issued against the respondent.

After listening to the EFCC’s counsel, Mr S.N. Robert, Justice Belgore granted the order sought.

“I have considered the application, I averted to Paragraph 7 of the supporting affidavit and exhibit EFCC 4 wherein the respondent was said to have ignored invitations to report in the applicant’s office without any justifiable reason.

“It is clear to me that Section 3 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015 can be invoked in the circumstances of this case in granting this application and I so do.

“Warrant of immediate arrest is hereby issued against Mohammed Omolori, former Clerk of the National Assembly forthwith,” Justice Belgore ordered.

 

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