Court Orders Arrest of INEC Chairman Mahmood Yakubu
The Abuja Federal High Court today ordered for the arrest of the chairman of the Independent National Eletoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu.
Justice Steven Pam issued the warrant of arrest on Wednesday after Chairman’s absent in court for the third time in a row.
Justice Pam had ordered Mahmood to appear before him on July 5th to convince him why he should not be sent to prison for contempt of court.
The judge made the order for Mahmood to appear before him while ruling on a preliminary objection by INEC and its Chairman in a contempt proceeding filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, respectively.
Then on July 10 when the court sat again, he still did not honour the court invitations.
However, the court adjourned the case to today August 1, to allow the INEC chairman to attend to his mother’s funeral but insisted that the INEC boss must appear before the court as ordered at the sitting.
But when the court reconvened today, the INEC Chairman was absent, a development that led to the order for his arrest.