PRESS RELEASE BY FESTUS KEYAMO CHAMBERS
A Chief Magistrate Court, Zone 6, Wuse
Abuja, presided over by Chief Magistrate
O.O Oyewumi (Mrs.) this morning
threw out an application filed by the
Comptroller-General of the Nigerian
Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi
Dikko seeking to set aside the court
order that the Police should investigate
his alleged forged certificates.
On the issue of locus standi
raised by Dikko the court ruled that the
fact that Olajide Ibrahim is an
accomplice to the said offence of
forgery and has made confessional
statements to that effect, it will be
wrong to deny him fair hearing. Also,
that since section 149 of the Criminal
Procedure Code gives “any person” the
right to approach the court on such
criminal complaints, then the court has
jurisdiction to entertain the complaint
and Mr. Festus Keyamo and Olajide
Ibrahim are duly before the court.
Having cleared the preliminary objection
from the way, the court then fixed
December 15, 2009,
for the application to compel the Police
to bring the result of their
investigation to the court.
From the above, it is obvious that the
hide-and-seek game of the Comptroller
–General of Customs is coming to an end.
For: Festus Keyamo Chambers
UGOCHUKWU EZEKIEL, ESQ.