The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered a bench warrant against the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud, for disobedience of court order.
The presiding judge Justice Stephen Pam gave the order for the arrest of Mahmoud following his absence in court to explain why he should not be committed to prison for alleged contempt of court.
In a short ruling, Palm held that it can no longer tolerate the continued absence of the defendant in court to answer to his trial.
The judge further asked the police to effect his arrest immediately.
It is understood that the INEC chair is refusing to appear before the court for the third time. Mahmoud was summoned to appear before the court on July 5, and 10, 2018 but failed to appear.
The judge, however, adjourned the case to August 1 (today) to allow the INEC chairman to attend to his mother’s funeral but insisted that the INEC boss must appear before the court as ordered at the next sitting.
After the INEC boss failed to appear before the court today to defend a contempt proceeding filed by Ejike Oguebego and Chuks Okoye, Chairman and Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Anambra State respectively against him, Justice Pam, however, gave the order for the immediate arrest of the Chairman by the police.