A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Monday issued orders stopping the arrest of Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Mahmood Yakubu.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on August 1, 2018 ordered the arrest of Yakubu, for refusing to appear in court.
The judge, Justice Stephen Pam gave the warrant of arrest following Mahmood’s absent in court for the third time and ordered police to effect the arrest immediately.
But Justice Abdul Aboki has now led a three-man panel to suspend the enforcement of the arrest warrant in a ruling it delivered on Monday, in an appeal filed by the INEC chairman challenging the order made by Justice Pam for his arrest.
Aboki ruled that since the matter has been adjourned to September 17 for hearing of the main appeal, “it will be prejudicial for the trial court to proceed with hearing of the matter scheduled for August 14.
“Consequently, the panel unanimously ordered the stay if proceeding pending the hearing of Prof Mahmood’s appeals,” he said.