Court bars Foreign Affairs Minister from arresting APC chairman

Court bars Foreign Affairs Minister from arresting APC chairman

A High Court sitting in Enugu has stopped the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu Mohammed f

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A High Court sitting in Enugu has stopped the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu Mohammed from arresting the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye.

The Party Chairman, who addressed journalists on Monday, said he ran to the Court as a last option.

DAILY POST reports that the order was given by Justice K.I. Okpe while delivering ruling on Suit No. E/228/2020.

Two other APC officials, Barr. B.N. Nebe and Mr. Everistus Asadu are also joined as applicants.

Justice Okpe said, “An order of interim injunction is hereby granted to the applicants, restraining the respondents whether by themselves, their agents, men, officers, or privies from arresting, detaining or in any manner restricting the applicant’s rights to personal liberty and freedom of movement pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on notice.”

Joined in the suit as respondents are the Minister’s Personal Assistant, Flavour Eze, the Inspector General of Police, and the officer in charge of IGP IRT.

Nwoye told journalists that he approached the court which is the last hope of the citizens.

He accused the Minister of trying to use his office and the police to breach his fundamental human rights.

The Enugu APC Chairman said he had been receiving calls from the police Headquarters in Abuja over a petition written against him by the Foreign Affairs Minister.

He stated that the move to arrest him might not be unconnected with a similar petition written to the police against the youth leader of the party in Enugu West Senatorial District, James Nwanjoku over an alleged social media post on the minister’s COVID-19 status.

“I want to put the entire Nigerians and the international community on notice that I’m under the shelter of the law, through the court.

“So, both the Minister and the IGP should respect the law of the country,” he declared.

Meanwhile, Justice Okpe has adjourned the suit to May 6, 2020.

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