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Politician fined N40m for filing ‘frivolous suit’ against Tinubu

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday slammed a N40m fine on a former Presidential candidate, Ambrose Owuru, for filing a “frivolous suit” to stop the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29.

The appellate court ordered the politician to pay the fine of N10m each to President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation, Independent National Electoral Commission, and Tinubu, first to fourth defendants in the case.

Justice Jamil Tukur, who read the lead judgment of the three man panel of the court, held that Owuru embarked on gross abuse of court process by “filing a frivolous, vexatious and irritating suit to provoke the respondents.”

The Court of Appeal held that the grievances of Owuru was not only strange but uncalled for because the grievances had been pursued up to Supreme Court and was dismissed for want of merit.

Justice Tukur said that the action of Owuru to resuscitate the case that died since 2019 at the Supreme Court was aimed at making the lower courts to go on collision course with the supremacy of the apex court.

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