You Lack Powers to Investigate, Indict Anyone, Court Tells N’Assembly

Alex Enumah in Abuja

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has declared that the National Assembly lacks the powers to carry out criminal investigation with the intent of indicting or absolving anyone from the allegations he or she is being investigated.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole made the declaration last Tuesday, while delivering judgment in a suit filed by Festus Keyamo challenging the powers of the lawmakers to investigate him and recommend for his investigation by the police over criminal allegations made against the then Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Delivering judgment in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/163/2009), the court declared as null and void, the practice of the National Assembly (in this case the House of Representatives), investigating criminal allegations against individuals and producing reports/resolutions indicting or absolving those individuals or directing law enforcement agents or the executive as to what should be done.

Justice Kolawole agreed with…

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