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Just In: Court throws out Melaye’s application to eject police from his residence

A Federal High Court, in Abuja, on Thursday rejected an ex-parte application brought by Senator Dino Melaye seeking the removal of police blockade on his residence.

Melaye, a senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district had approached the court through his lawyer, Nkem Okoro of the Mike Ozekhome (SAN) chambers, for the enforcement of his fundamental human rights.

The court had subsequently fixed today for the hearing of the ex-parte application filed together with the enforcement of his fundamental human rights’ suit.

In the ex-parte application, Melaye prayed the court for an interim order of the court directing the police to vacate his residence and remove all blockades in front of the residence and allow his family and political associates to have access to him.

He also sought an order restraining the police from further threatening his life or putting his life in jeopardy pending the determination of the substantive suit.

He further sought the order of the court restraining the police from further arresting him, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.

However, the judge, Justice N.E. Maha refused the application and ordered an accelerated hearing of the substantive suit.

The matter has been adjourned to January 14.

She said, in view of the fact that her leave to seat as a vacation judge would elapse on January 4, the case file would be transferred to the Chief Judge for re-assignment.

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