The suit instituted by embattled Speaker, Federal House of Representatives Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal against the Attorney General of the Federation and the Inspector General of Police over the withdrawal of his security details was today, November 17, 2014 struck out by the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. The embattled speaker withdrew the suit filed against the Federal Government over withdrawal of his security details.
Following Tambuwal’s defection from the ruling party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), his security aides had been withdrawn by the Federal Government. Tambuwal instituted this suit challenging the constitutional powers of the Inspector General of Police to withdraw his security aides without a court order.
In striking out the suit, the Court heard the oral application by Tambuwal’s Counsel, Dr. Tunji Abayomi on the grounds that the speaker instructed him to withdraw the action and he is bound to act on his Client’s instruction and also in compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct.
The Counsel to Federal Government in the suit, Ade Okeaya-Inneh (SAN) and Dr Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) did not oppose the application but prayed the court for an order of dismissal on the ground that they had filed a response to the application and prayed the Court for an order as to cost.
The trial Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed in delivering a short ruling held that the Federal Government had only responded to the interlocutory application and not the substantive one.
He further held that the implication was that the defendants have not yet joined issue with the plaintiff. Accordingly, he struck out the suit with no order as to cost.