A judge named Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed from the Federal High Court in Abuja has given an order to the Director General of the Department of State Service (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP). The order is to protect the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Hon Leke Abejide, from being arrested or detained by the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello.
The judge issued these restraining orders on Wednesday in Abuja. The orders state that the DSS, Police, and Governor Bello are not allowed to invite, arrest, detain, or threaten the life and properties of the governorship candidate until a lawsuit against them is resolved.
The governorship candidate’s lawyer, Sammie Somiari, argued in an ex-parte application that his client’s rights to freedom of movement and freedom from discrimination were being violated. He referred to sections of the 1999 Constitution and other laws on human rights.
The governorship candidate claimed that Governor Yahaya Bello had been feeling nervous and had threatened to have him arrested and detained to prevent him from campaigning.
After hearing the arguments and examining the evidence presented by the lawyer, Justice Mohammed issued the restraining orders. These orders state that the governorship candidate cannot be arrested, detained, or harassed until the lawsuit is resolved.
The judge’s orders also compel the 2nd to 8th respondents (the DSS and the Police) to provide maximum security to the governorship candidate in Abuja FCT, Kogi State, and anywhere else in Nigeria until the lawsuit is resolved.