Federal High Court, Abuja

A Kaduna State High Court on Friday issued a warrant of arrest against the Chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Dr. Muhammed Isah for contempt of court.

The warrant of arrest was issued by Justice Mario Mohammed after the chairman had ignored several summons by the court in a suit between Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai and Today Publishing Company Limited, and one other.

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A warrant form obtained directed that police personnel and authorities should arrest the CCB Chairman and produce him before the court on Feb. 13, 2019.

Earlier, Today Publishing company, the publisher of The Union Newspapers had filed application requesting the court to subpoena CCB Chairman to produce assets declaration of El-Rufai in court after several failed efforts it made to obtain it from the CCB.

Justice Mohammed granted the approval based on the application filed by counsel to The Union Newspapers, J.N. Egwuonwu (SAN), during the continuation of defence at previous sitting.

Egwuonwu represented by Hiifan Andrew Abuul, had written application to the court to Subpoena CCB to tender the asset declaration of the Governor before the court.

Concise News reports that the governor had gone to the court over a report carried by the newspaper in which it allegedly stated that he had declared N90 billion in his CCB assets declaration form.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on November 8, 2018, appointed Muhammed Isah, who hails from Jigawa State representing the North West zone, as the Chairman of the CCB.

Other CCB members are Murtala Aliyu Kankia from Katsina (North West), Emmanuel Enu Attah from Cross River (South-South), Ubolo Okpanachi from Kogi (North Central), Ken Madaki Alkali from Nasarawa (North Central), Prof. S.F. Ogundare from Oyo (South West) and Saad Abubakar from Gombe (North East), respectively.