Chief Magistrate Queried for Issuing Warrant of Arrest on A’Ibom PDP Gov’ship Candidate


The Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court has queried Emmanuel Iyanna, a chief magistrate, for issuing a warrant of arrest on the Akwa Ibom governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Umo Eno. 

Eno, through his legal team led by Samuel Ikpo, had sent a petition against the senior magistrate over the “issuance of irregular and illegal warrant of arrest” against him, Vanguard Reported.

The warrant of arrest was issued on Pastor Umo Eno on December 23 following his conviction over charges of “cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.” 

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The plaintiff, in suit no CR/94/2022, is one Edet Godwin Etim. The PDP governorship campaign organisation denied having knowledge of the suit. But on Monday, January 9, in a motion on notice filed before the court, Pastor Umo Eno, through his lawyers, urged the court to set aside the warrant of arrest. 

In the affidavit in support of the motion, Ikpo said the defendant applicant, Eno, found out about the suit and the warrant of arrest via social media.

Eno said he has “never been invited by the police on any matter nor has he ever made any statement to the police in connection with this case,” adding that he has “never been served with any court process.”

Ruling on the application on Wednesday, the chief magistrate granted the prayer of the applicant and vacated the warrant of arrest. He also set aside the entire proceedings and judgment.

However, a letter dated January 10 and signed by Oluseyi Amose on behalf of the chief judge, notified the chief magistrate of the petition against him.

The letter stated that the petitioners have “called for disciplinary action to be taken” against the chief magistrate.

“His lordship, the honourable chief judge of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja is in receipt of the above petition from the law firm of Samuel Ikpo & Company (Zion Chambers) of No.26, Oron Road, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State and has directed me to forward a copy of the self-explanatory petition to your worship for comments as soon as possible,” the letter read.

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