Joe Igbokwe: Adegboruwa Seeks Order of Mandamus against AGF

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Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has filed an originating summons seeking an order of court mandating the Attorney General of the Federation to demand proof from Mr. Joe Igbokwe over a statement allegedly made by the latter insinuating that the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was bought and paid for by Gov. Wike. Ebun is also asking the court to direct the AGF to prosecute Mr. Igbokwe in the event that he fails to proof his allegation.

The suit with number FHC/L/CS/1240/18 filed at the Federal High Court Lagos also has Mr. Joe Igbokwe as the 2nd Respondent. Mr. Adegboruwa seeks the following in the suit

  1. A DECLARATION that the 2nd defendant is not entitled to make any statement to the effect that a judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was bought and paid for.
  2. A DECLARATION that the statement of the 2nd defendant, to the effect that the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was bought and paid for is reckless, unjustifiable and amounts to an unwarranted denigration of the integrity and authority of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in particular and the judiciary in general.
  3. A DECLARATION that the 1st defendant, being the leader of the official Bar in Nigeria and the chief law officer of the Federation, is under a statutory duty to interview, engage and demand from the 2nd defendant, proof of his statement that the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was bought and paid for, failing which the said 1st defendant should proceed to prosecute the said 2nd defendant.
  4. A DECLARATION that the 2nd defendant is not a fit and proper person to be elected or appointed into or to hold any public office in any part of the federation of Nigeria.
  5. AN ORDER directing the 1st defendant to forthwith interview, engage and demand proof from the 2nd defendant, of the latter’s statement that the judgment of the Supreme Court of Nigeria was bought and paid for, failing which the said 1st defendant should forthwith prosecute the said 2nd defendant.
  6. PERPETUAL INJUNCTION,restraining the 2nd defendant, his servants, officers and agents, or otherwise howsoever, from further issuing, uttering, publishing or making any statement, of and concerning the judiciary and the legal profession in Nigeria, capable of undermining the credibility, authority, integrity and sanctity of judgments of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and of all other courts in in Nigeria, generally.
  7. AN ORDER directing the 2nd defendant to forthwith vacate, relinquish and surrender any and all public positions that he presently occupies.
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Mr. Igbokwe had in a facebook post a few days ago alleged as follows: “WIKE WILL NOT HAVE THE AUDACITY AND THE TEMERITY TO KILL AGAIN IN RIVERS STATE AND RUN TO THE SUPREME COURT TO BUY JUSTICE. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN IN NIGERIA WHERE BUHARI IS THE PRESIDENT.”

Mr. Adegboruwa immediately called on public interest lawyers to join him in demanding sanction against Mr. Igbokwe over the reckless statement. He has however, taken the step to seek court’s order mandating the AGF to take up the case and ensure that Mr. Igbokwe is sanctioned.

Date for hearing of the suit has not been fixed.

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