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Court threatens to have INEC Chairman arrested

05 July 2016, 13:22

Abuja - An Abuja court has threatened to arrest Professor Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged contempt of court.

According to a Naij report, Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Federal High Court ordered Yakubu to appear on July 7 to inform the court as to why he should not be arrested for contempt.

Justice Tsoho has claimed that Yakubu must be present for the contempt proceeding against himself and INEC due to the nature of such cases always being quasi-criminal and not purely civil.

Also read: INEC proposes July 23, 30 for suspended rerun elections

It has been reported that should Yakubu fail to appear in court, a bench warrant will be issued against him in accordance with order 9, rule 14 of the Judgement Enforcement Rules.

Both INEC and Yakubu are currently being sued due to their alleged refusal to obey the December 5, 2015 judgement restraining INEC from accepting any delegate list that may emerge from the congresses or primaries conducted by a caretaker committee, Vanguard reports.

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