By Bukola Olasanmi
A federal high court in Abuja has summoned the Special Adviser to President Mohammadu Buhari and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Professor Charles Dokubo, to appear before the court over alleged illegal stay in office.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who granted the order dated November 7, 2019 ordered him (Dokubo) to appear in court on November 12th to show cause why the order sought against him should not be granted.
The plaintiff in the suit Mr. Fred Akepe Ujobolo, had through his counsel, Mr. Oluwafemi Olawuyi approached the court in an exparte motion to declare the continuous stay in office of Professor Dokubo as illegal.
The plaintiff also joined the Attoney-General of the Federation as the second defendant in the matter.
Apart from the law suit, the Niger Delta Transparency and Accountability Movement also petitioned the EFCC to probe Prof. Charles Dokubo over alleged fraud and abuse of office.
After listening to the plaintiff’s counsel, Justice Mohammed held, ”The defendants are directed to appear before this court on Tuesday, the 12th of November, 2019 and show cause why the injunction being sought by the plaintiff/applicant in the motion exparte dated and filed on 30/10/19 should not be made”.
In the affidavit in support of the exparte motion, deposed to by Jeffrey Bolimi Amosu, Spokesman of the Niger Delta Transparency and Accountability Movement on behalf of the plaintiff, he said despite the pendency of the suit, the 1st defendant (Dokubo) is still occupy, act and enjoy the office as S.A to the President on Amnesty Programme.
He said the 1st defendant has also gone ahead to defend the 2020 budget at the National Assembly adding that if he proceeds with the implementation and execution of the 2020 budget while the suit is still pending, it may result in damage to and for the applicant and the entire Niger Delta will be unquantifiable and beyond pecuniary remedy even if the applicant succeeds in the substantive suit.
In the originating summons, also dated October 30, 2019, the plaintiff asked for an interim injunction restraining the defendant (Dokubo) from continued used ng to occupy, act as and enjoy the office of the Special Adviser to the President and the Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme pending the determination of the substantive suit by this Honourable Court.