N458m BRIBE SAGA: Embattled Imo deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso sues IMHA over impeachment proceedings.

judeagbasoThe embattled Deputy Governor of Imo State, Sir Jude Agbaso, has sued the Imo State House of Assembly in the Federal High Court Owerri alleging lack of fair hearing in the ongoing process to impeach him over allegation of collection of bribe 458 million naira from a contractor handling one of the road projects in Imo State.

In an originating motion FHC/OW/174/2013 for the enforcement of his fundamental rights filed on 14th March, 2013, Sir Agbaso among other things, is alleging that the Imo State House of Assembly Special Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate the Remote Causes/Abandonment of Work on some Roads in Owerri, Orlu and Okigwe that indicted him of collection of bribery was biased and acted beyond its constitutional powers when it pronounced him guilty of a criminal offence and recommended for his impeachment.

Inter-alia therefore, the Deputy Governor is asking the court to void his indictment and restrain the ongoing impeachment process initiated against him for breach of his fundamental rights.

Also joined in the suit are the Speaker of the state legislature Rt.Hon Ben Uwajumogu, the Chairman and members of the above named Special Adhoc Committee, the Chief Judge of Imo State and the Inspector General of Police.

The defendants in the suit are said to have been served with the relevant court processes in the suit.

It is said that the matter is coming up for hearing on Monday, the 18th March, 2013.

Consequently, in a letter dated 14th March 2013 counsel to the Deputy Governor P. I. N. Ikwueto (SAN), has written the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly warning him and the state legislature to refrain from taking further actions or step in the impeachment process against Sir Agbaso since the matter is said to be in court. Citing the case of Chief Adefarati V. Governor of Ono State in the letter, the lawyer warned the sate House of Assembly to allow due process of law to take its course and not to overreach a matter which he said is already in court.

E.N Iwuala

 

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