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Lagos High Court Stops Nigerian Military From Deploying Soldiers To Monitor Election

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Lagos High Court Stops Nigerian Military From Deploying Soldiers To Monitor Election

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March 23, 2015 – Lagos High Court Stops Nigerian Military From Deploying Soldiers To Monitor Election

A federal high court sitting in Lagos, Southwest, Nigeria, this morning, restrained the Federal Government from deploring the military to supervise the forthcoming general election.‬

The presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, in his ruling declared that it’s unconstitutional to deploy military for the supervision of election purposes without the approval of the national assembly.‬

The ruling of the court, was sequel to a suit filed by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, a member of House of Representative representing Surulere Federal Constituency 2 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the President, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief Of Army, Chief of Air Force, Chief of Naval Staff and Attorney General of Federation.

‪In his argument, Seni Adio, lawyer to the plaintiff, argued that there was an allegation and evidence that military inhibit free movement, free access and intimidation of voters in states of Osun, Ekiti, and Anambra where military was deployed.‬

‪In addition, Adio argued further its not ideal to deploy military to supervise election in a democratic setting.‬

‪Consequently, based on these incidence of Osun, Ekiti and Anambra, he urged the court to refrain the defendants from using military in the forthcoming elections.‬

‪However, Mr. Dele Adeashina, SAN, opposed the application on the ground that the president being the Command in Chief of the Armed forces, is empowered under Armed Forces Acts to deploy military to maintain law and order.‬

‪In his response, Adio said Armed Forces Acts, is subordinate to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

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5 Comments

  1. Loveth Chukwu

    March 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM

    best decision to stop vote steling am in

  2. steve

    March 23, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Is Nigeria at war in the first place?Why would they not recomend army to go looking for the kidnapped girls in SABISSA forest useless people the heads of the innocent nigerians that died in the hands boko haram will ask u people for playing politics with their lives

  3. Sammy Joseph

    March 23, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Nothing to argue about, the verdict declared by Justice Ibrahim Buba stated clearly that, “it’s unconstitutional to deployed soldeirs for electoral purposes without the approval from the National Assembly”.

    What i think needs debate here is, Superiority between Nigerian Constitution & Armed Forces Act. Which one is superior to other?
    We should take note that, we are in democratic settings of government. Which means, we, must adhere to democracy. Period!

  4. Traze

    March 24, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    If i am jonathan i will go on and deploy soldiers becos whether u like it dis election will be violent in some states.when obasenjo disobeyed court order barring him from publishing his book MY WATCH what did they do.See in nigeria today some people are bigger than law,whereas its not suppose to be so.

    /?/

  5. lgbo

    March 24, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Traze. dont mind them na APC court.

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