Justice Daniel Osiagor of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on Wednesday ordered the Labour Party (LP) and its supporters not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for its ‘#Obidatti23 Forward Ever’ rally scheduled to hold on October 1, 2022.
However, he ruled that they can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues.
Justice Osiagor also directed the Inspector General of Police and the Lagos State Police Commissioner to ensure compliance with the order.
Specifically, the court held that while the rally cannot stop at the Lekki toll gate, it could pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.
The court made these orders while ruling on a motion for injunction brought by 10 plaintiffs, who had asked the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally.
However, a preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could not be entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.
Following the courts verdict and the no rally at Lekki warning by the Nigerian Police, a video made available to Mataz Arising shows in a long line, police combat vehicles, tow trucks, ambulances, etc, with mean looking police officers in combat gears were seen moved to, and parked by the roadside leading to the tollgate.
The court adjourned hearing of the substantive suit to November 4, 2022.
In the suit, 10 plaintiffs through their Romeo Ese Michael had asked the court to, among others, restrain the LP, Obi, Baba-Ahmed, Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally, until the hearing and determination of their Motion-On-Notice of September 12, 2022.
The plaintiffs were Adedotun Ajulo, Salamatu Suleiman Lewi, Hakeem Ijaduola, Ogunbona Akinpelu, Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Mogbojuri Kayode, Wuyep Mantim Nadom, Dimimu Mabel, Kolawole Salami and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.
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