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Court Chastises SFU for Violating Order on Ojikutu

Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu OjikutuThe Federal High Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, has chastised the Special Fraud Unit for violating the order that parties in a suit involving former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, and the agency should not take steps that would destroy the res of the matter.
 
A Lagos High Court had on August 12, 2013 in the suit, made an order that parties in the suit should not take any step that would undermine the powers and authority of the court pending the determination of the suit at the Lagos High Court.
The Special Fraud Unit had rushed to the Federal High Court despite the High Court order to press a three-count charge against the defendants.
 
When the matter came up before Justice Yunusa of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi for ruling on the defendants’ motion to quash the charge preferred against them, he chastised the Special Fraud Unit for violating the order made by the Lagos High Court that parties in the suit should not take any steps that would undermine the powers and authority of the court pending the determination of the suit at the Lagos High Court.
 
The judge further ruled that the violation was wrong, therefore he would not proceed with the hearing of the charge in view of the subsisting court order, especially as the order had not been appealed.
 
He stated further that he was not in a position to vary the subsisting order of the Lagos High Court as it was an order made by a court of competent and co-ordinate jurisdiction with the Federal High Court.
 
The judge therefore held that proceedings in Charge No. FHC/L/343C/2013 be stayed until the determination of the suit at the Lagos High Court.
 

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