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Appeal Court Fines Lawyer N40m Over Suit Against Tinubu’s Inauguration


Chief Ordered to Pay Heavy Penalty for Attempting to Halt President-elect’s Inauguration

In a significant legal development, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has imposed a staggering fine of N40 million on Chief Ambrose Albert Owuru, a former Presidential candidate. The penalty was imposed after Owuru filed a lawsuit that was deemed frivolous, seeking to obstruct the scheduled inauguration of President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu on May 29.

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The appellate court’s ruling mandates Owuru to pay N10 million each to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Tinubu himself. The court condemned Owuru for what it termed a gross abuse of the judicial process, characterized by the filing of a vexatious and irritating suit aimed at provoking the respondents.

Justice Jamil Tukur, leading the three-member panel, asserted that Owuru’s grievances pertaining to the 2019 presidential election were not only baseless but had already been exhaustively examined by the Supreme Court, resulting in their dismissal for lack of merit.

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Justice Tukur further denounced Owuru’s actions as an attempt to resurrect a case that had already been conclusively settled, seemingly with the intention of undermining the authority of the apex court and sowing discord between the lower courts and the highest judicial institution.

This judgment serves as a stern warning against the misuse of the legal system for frivolous and unwarranted litigation, reaffirming the court’s commitment to upholding the integrity of the judicial process and discouraging similar abuses in the future.

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