Court okays Ambode’s probe over 820 buses by Lagos Assembly

John Chikezie

 

Justice Yetunde Adesanya of an Ikeja High Court has struck out the suit filed by former Governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode against some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly probing him over the purchase of 820 buses for the Lagos State Bus Reform Project.

Justice Adesanya, in a ruling, said that the Ad-hoc Committee set up to investigate Ambode is a fact finding committee, noting that an investigation is not an indictment.

“The claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted. An invitation by an agency of government cannot in anyway cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.

“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.

“That is not the function of the court and no court of law should accede to such an invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” she said.

However, Ambode had earlier instituted a civil suit against the State House of Assembly, its Speaker Mr Mudashiru Obasa and the House Clerk, Mr A.A Sanni.

Other respondents to the suit are Mr Fatai Mojeed, the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee set up by the House to probe the procurement of the buses and eight members of the committee.

The members of the Ad-hoc committee are; Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, Mr A.A Yusuf, Mr Yinka Ogundimu, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, Mr M.L Makinde, Mr Kehinde Joseph, Mr Temitope Adewale and Mr Olanrewaju Afinni.

Ambode instituted the suit against the Assembly to contest the constitutionality of the probe of the buses which were procured based on budgetary approval as part of the Bus Reform Project of the State Government designed to revolutionize public transportation in line with global best practices.

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