A legal suit filed by the former governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, to stop the states assembly from probing his administration over the purchase of 820 buses was on Thursday quashed by a Federal High Court sitting in the state.
In her ruling on Thursday, Justice Yetunde Adesanya upheld the preliminary objections of the lawmakers and held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to stop them from going ahead with the probe.
Justice Adesanya also ruled that the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the former governor was a fact-finding committee.
According to the judge, an investigation is not an indictment and “the claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted”.
“An invitation by an agency of government cannot in any way cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.
“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.
“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accept such invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” she held.