1st November, 2010
A Lagos High court judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke this morning gave an order restrainingÂ the Lagos State House of Assembly from further probing Governor Babatunde FasholaÂ over an allegation of misappropriation of funds.
The allegation was brought by a group known as the â€˜True Face of Lagosâ€™.
Delivering judgement in the matter, Justice Oke held that it was wrong for theÂ Assembly to probe Fashola based on the petition brought against him where there is aÂ pending appeal in the case.
â€œI recall that Justice Habeeb Abiru had earlier granted an injunction restrainingÂ Lagos State House of Assembly from investigating the governor on the ground that theÂ petition under which he is being probed was not properly addressed.â€
The house in compliance with Justice Abiruâ€™s judgement continued the probe afterÂ addressing the loopholes observed by the judge.
The complainant in the matter, Richard Akintola, not satisfied with some aspects ofÂ the jugement, filed an appeal at the court of Appeal, Lagos Division.
But despite the appeal, the House still continued to probe the governor.
Justice Oke, therefore, held that the continued probe of Fashola by the House isÂ unlawful, especially when an action in the matter has been filed in the court ofÂ appeal.
She granted a perpetual injunction restraining the House or any of its committeesÂ from probing the governor.