A Lagos High Court in Igbosere presided over by Justice S. A. Onigbangbo on Tuesday struck out contempt proceedings brought by the people of Otodogbame against the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Agents of the state government had on Sunday forcefully evicted residents of the community believed to be over 25,000 from their homes despite a subsisting court ruling restraining the state from the action.
The judge ruled that it “lacks the jurisdiction to charge the governor of the state because of the immunity he enjoys.”
However, the judge stated that “if the governor had truly ordered the forceful eviction and demolition of the second applicant, he undermined the principles of the rule of law and the same process which put him in office in the first place.”
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