The Kaduna State High Court has issued arrest warrant against the chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, Abuja, for contempt of court in suit No: KDH/KAD/286/2015. The suit is between Mallam Nasir el-Rufai and Today’s Publishing Company Limited, publishers of The Union newspapers.
El-Rufai had sued The Union claiming the newspaper made false publication about his asset declaration. The newspaper had allegedly stated that he had declared N90 billion in his CCB assets declaration form.
The warrant, obtained by NewsProbe, was issued today (Friday) by Hon. Justice Mairo Mohammed, of court 2, sitting in Kaduna. The CCB Chairman had failed to honour different summonses of the Court.
Earlier, Today Publishing company had filed application requesting the court to subpoena CCB Chairman to produce assets declaration of El-Rufai in court. This was after several failed efforts it made to obtain it from the CCB.
Justice Mohammed granted the approval based on the application filed by Counsel to The Union Newspapers, Mr J.N. Egwuonwu (SAN), during the continuation of defence at a previous sitting.
Egwuonwu represented by Hiifan Andrew Abuul had written an application to the court to subpoena CCB to tender the asset declaration of the Governor before the court.
The matter is further adjourned to February 13, 2019. The court called on all police personnel and authorities to effect the arrest.