The arrest order on the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmoud Yakubu, has been halted by a Court of Appeal in Abuja.

A federal high Court had last week ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest the INEC chairman and produce him in court on August 14 to face contempt charges.

The Justice Stephen Pam-led Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had ruled that the INEC boss be arrested for refusing to appear before it for the third time.

But a 3-man panel led by Justice Abdul Aboki suspended the enforcement of the arrest warrant in a ruling it delivered on Monday.

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Justice Aboki held that since the matter has been adjourned to September 17 for hearing of the main appeal, “it will be prejudicial for the trial court to proceed with hearing of the matter scheduled for August 14.

“Consequently, the panel unanimously ordered the stay if proceeding penning the hearing of Prof Mahmood’s appeals.”

Mahmoud is also wanted in court to defend a contempt proceeding filed by the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra State Ejike Oguebego and the Legal Adviser of the state’s PDP Chuks Okoye.

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