Police vs Maleye: Court declines to order Police to vacate Dino Melaye’s residence

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The application to order the Nigerian Police Force to vacate the obstruct it mounted at the residence of Senator Dino Melaye has on Thursday been rejected by the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court

The court instead in a ruling that was delivered by Justice N. E. Maha, ordered an accelerated hearing of a fundamental rights enforcement suit the embattled lawmaker filed against the Police.

The application was made through Melaye’s lawyer, Mr. Nkem Okoro from the chambers of Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN.

Police men at the gate of senator Maleye’s house

Melaye approached the court with an ex-parte application, where he prayed the court to order the Inspector General of Police to give directive to his men to halt the siege they laid at his residence for over one week.

He also sought the order of the court to direct the police not only to vacate his Abuja residence, but to also remove all blockades in front of his house to allow his family and political associates to have access to him.

Also, he prayed the court to restrain Police from further threatening his life or putting his life in jeopardy, until the hearing and determination of the substantive suit. He also sought the court to restrict the police from going further to arrest him pending the hearing and determination of the suit before the court.

The case was however adjourned till January 14 by Justice Maha who noted that her duty as a vacation judge would elapse on Friday, said it would be better to transfer the case-file to the Chief Judge of the High Court for it to be re-assigned to another judge for adjudication.

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