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Ekiti asks court to sanction Obasanjo for contempt


The Ekiti State Government on Thursday urged the Federal High Court, Abuja, which found former President Olusegun Obasanjo guilty of contempt, to sanction the ex-President for violating its order restraining him from publishing or circulating his new book, My Watch.

The state government, which described Obasanjo’s action as a deliberate impunity and contempt of the court, said sanctioning Obasanjo was necessary “to serve as deterrent to other people who see themselves as ‘super powers’ far and above the laws of the land.”

In a statement by the Ekiti State Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseni Ajayi, the government said it was embarrassing that a former President “will be behaving with impunity, disregarding the rights of other Nigerians and recently became contemptuous of court orders.”

Ajayi’s statement read, “In the lexicon of our legal jurisprudence, a court order, however frivolous, must be obeyed until discharged by that court or set aside by another court.

“It is therefore a deliberate impunity and disregard to the rule of law and our judiciary for Chief Obasanjo to disobey the said order made by a competent court of law. It stands condemnable.

“The court should be courageous enough to sanction this impunity and deliberate contempt of its order to serve as a deterrent to other people who see themselves as “super powers” far and above the law of the land. The sanctity of our judiciary must be protected.

“In concussion, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo must be told the truth that he is not a saint in the class of our lord Jesus Christ while other former and present rulers are satanic agents to be sent to the gallows for persecution.”

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