An Ikeja Large Court has claimed that former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, are unable to quit the State Assembly from probing him.
Ambode is less than investigation of buy of 820 buses for the Lagos Bus Reform Project.
On Thursday, Justice Yetunde Adesanya, held that Ambode’s fit from the Assembly breached the doctrine of separation of powers.
“An ad-hoc committee is an investigative committee carrying out a reality locating perform and not a courtroom, judicial entire body or a tribunal.
“It is not set up to establish the civil rights and obligations of the claimant. In the identical breath, an investigation is not an indictment, it precedes an indictment.
“The claimant, in this instance, has not been indicted by the Household of Assembly neither has the committee indicted the claimant by a mere invitation by summons to appear in advance of it.
“The advert-hoc committee is nevertheless to have out its constitutional purpose as contained in Part 128 and 129 of the Constitution.
“Assuming that the claimant’s claim of bias by the constituted advert-hoc committee is actual and properly established that some customers of the committee experienced concluded that the claimant is responsible of the allegation before inviting him to show up just before the committee, this will continue to not volume to a menace to his basic ideal to honest listening to since the complete training is practically nothing more than an investigation.
“I hereby obtain that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the courtroom to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory electric power of the Lagos Point out Residence of Assembly less than Part 128 and 129 of the 1999 Structure.
“That is not the function of the court docket, and no court docket of law should accede such invitation. The claimant’s fit is hereby struck out,” Ambode reported.
Ambode by way of his counsel, Mr Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), had via a writ of summons and assertion of assert dated Oct. 24, 2019, sued Lagos State Residence of Assembly, its Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, and the Residence Clerk, Mr A.A Sanni.