Suit on Buhari’s health assigned to judge

A suit seeking an order of the Federal High Court in Abuja to compel the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to appoint a medical panel to determine the health status of ailing President Muhammadu Buhari has been assigned, Punch reports.

The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/508/2017 has been assigned to Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati.

It was filed by a United States of America-based Nigerian, Toyin Dawodu, on June 28.

The respondents to the suit are Saraki, the Executive Council of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Dawodu’s lawyer, Frank Tiete told Punch that the outgoing Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, had assigned the case to Justice Abdu-Kafarati.

Tietie, said, “I have just been informed that the case has been assigned to Court 2 of the Federal High Court in Abuja, that is Justice Abdu-Kafarati’s case.

“Although, we have not been given any hearing date, the suit will likely be fixed for hearing after the judges’ vacation.”

Dawodu in his suit asked the court to declare that the Senate President was empowered by the constitution to set up the medical panel to determine Buhari’s health status.

The plaintiff, through his counsel, Tietie, contended in the suit that “in the absence of a resolution by the Executive Council of the Federation” as required under section 144(1) of the Constitution, the Senate President could constitute such medical panel “to determine the health status of the President.”

Buhari had left the country for the United Kingdom since May 7, 2017 for a medical vacation.

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